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Difference between Come to pieces and Go to pieces

come to pieces

1. break into pieces; disintegrate:

  • Halfway home the body of the car literally came to pieces.

2. come apart so that smth. is in separate pieces:

  • Does this machine come to pieces?

go to pieces —(also: fall to pieces)

1. = come to pieces 1:

  • The vessel is going to pieces, and it is full time for all who can, to leave her.

2. collapse physically or morally; become hysterical:

  • At the news of her brother’s death she went completely to pieces.

3. (of an organization, business, etc.) become weak; fail:

  • Since Mr. White handed over the management to his son, the business has gone to pieces.