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I get strained terribly and fall apart (12)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

disintegrate

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Here is my best explanation:

'fall apart' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'i get strained terribly' is the wordplay.
'terribly' is an anagram indicator.
'i'+'get'+'strained'='igetstrained'
'igetstrained' with letters rearranged gives 'DISINTEGRATE'.

'and' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for disintegrate that I've seen before include "'break up'", "Lose all cohesion", "Decompose", "Shatter", "Smash", "Crumble", "crumble", "collapse", "decay" and "Break into little pieces".)

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