be coming apart at the seams

be coming/falling apart at the seams

 
1. if a system or organization is coming apart at the seams, it is in a very bad condition and likely to fail For a while it seemed that the whole Asian economy was just coming apart at the seams.
2. if someone is coming apart at the seams, they are feeling extremely upset and have difficulty continuing to do the things they usually do It's no excuse, but we were all working really hard and none of us noticed that Rory was just falling apart at the seams.
See also: apart, coming, seam
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America's health care system seems to be coming apart at the seams.