be coming apart at the seams

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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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As I stated last year in a letter to the Chronicle just before the "Big" meeting, the Durham Miners' Gala, where several prominent left-wing and moderate MPs and trade union leaders made speeches denouncing the coalition parties in government, Ed should accept an invitation to speak this time and join in with the other guests in condemnation of the disastrous policies of the coalition which now appear to be falling apart at the seams.
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Labour in particular, which has run the Assembly for the past eight years, seems to be falling apart at the seams, with senior AMs in revolt about the lack of leadership and vision of their own party.
England's cricket team seems to be falling apart at the seams and questions need to be asked of the strategies adopted by the chief medical officer, Dr Peter Gregory.
Also threatened is the Whitney's influential and highly regarded Independent Study Program, which, thirty-three years after its founding, may be falling apart at the seams.