be coming apart at the seams

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be coming apart at the seams

1. To be approaching failure. Boy, this party is really coming apart at the seams. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
2. To become very emotional. Jane was coming apart at the seams even before the funeral service, so I'm not sure that she'll make it through the whole thing.
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Tensions between the parents are evident and Filipa realises with a heavy heart that their marriage is coming apart at the seams.
He said: "Patch-up work is coming apart at the seams, leaving the roads with potholes and collapsed areas.
Pacino puts in a career-defining performance as Eli Wurman, a legendary New York PR man whose glory days are far behind him and whose life is coming apart at the seams.
The way Snider sees it, self-centered players and spendthrift owners are equally to blame for the fact baseball is coming apart at the seams.
How do you search for God in a world that is coming apart at the seams and not find your way through social-justice action?
Each of the nine series in "Social Documents" screams for solo exhibition, leaving a photo album that is coming apart at the seams.
Justice Minister John O'Donoghue, making the first formal Dublin comment on indications of IRA activities that appear to be putting a strain on the two-year-old ceasefire, said: "I do not accept that the ceasefire is coming apart at the seams.