fall apart
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fall apart(
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to break into pieces)
a. deshacerse
The book was so old that it fell apart in my hands.El libro era tan viejo que se deshizo en mis manos.
The sandcastle the kids made is falling apart.El castillo de arena que hicieron los niños se está deshaciendo.
b. caerse a pedazos
Buy yourself some new boots. Those are about to fall apart.Cómprate unas botas nuevas. Esas se van a caer a pedazos.
2. (to become ineffective)
a. desmoronarse
There were so many divisions within the party that it was falling apart.Había tantas divisiones dentro del partido que este se estaba desmoronando.
b. fracasar
The couple's marriage fell apart because they were totally unsuited to each other.El matrimonio de la pareja fracasó porque eran totalmente incompatibles.
c. venirse abajo
The project fell apart due to lack of funds.El proyecto se vino abajo debido a la falta de fondos.
3. (to become emotionally undone)
a. derrumbarse
Losing his job was the last straw, and he fell apart.Cuando perdió su trabajo, esa fue la gota que colmó el vaso, y se derrumbó.
b. desmoronarse
Don fell apart when Janice left him.Don se desmoronó cuando Janice lo dejó.
c. venirse abajo
Don't fall apart now that you've come so far.No te vengas abajo ahora que ya has recorrido tanto camino.
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fall apart
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
[+object] caerse a pedazos; deshacerse; [+empire] desmoronarse; [+scheme, marriage] fracasar;
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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