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fall apart at the seams

1. To be approaching failure. Boy, this party is really falling 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, especially with sadness or grief. Poor Jane really fell apart at the seams during the funeral service. I can't watch those sappy movies because I just fall apart at the seams every time.
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come/fall apart at the ˈseams

(informal) begin to fail or collapse: The Government’s economic policy is falling apart at the seams.After only six months, their marriage has come apart at the seams.
If a piece of clothing comes apart at the seams, it begins to separate along the lines where the pieces of cloth are sewn together.
See also: apart, come, fall, seam
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UNLIKELY MEMORY FEAT OF THE YEAR: Shadow Health Minister Nick DOCTOR Ramsay, reminiscing on 20 years since his idol Margaret Thatcher was forced out of Downing Street: "My only recollections of the world pre-Thatcher were of Jim Callaghan's unstable government, the unforgettable misery of the Winter of Discontent and a Britain that seemed to be falling apart at the seams," he recalled - a remarkable recollection, given Mr Ramsay was four years old when Callaghan left office.
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All this hate, corruption, and a steady march of violent miscreants tells me that our society is falling apart at the seams. And our country's "leadership" blames, and stirs up the populace about, guns?
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THE West's determination to remove President Assad from power is falling apart at the seams. Despite his forces fighting a long and bitter war against IS, our sworn enemy, Obama and Cameron are adamant that there can be no negotiated settlement in Syria unless Assad is eventually removed from power.
For Liverpool, their season is falling apart at the seams, Mario Balotelli was again a passenger, and boss Brendan Rodgers will be a worried man if he cannot arrest the slide.