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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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This was the season when Howard Kendall's injury-hit squad pulled together to grab an unlikely title as Liverpool uncharacteristically fell apart at the seams after an unlucky League Cup final defeat to Arsenal.
When my last romance fell apart at the seams a few months ago, I was convinced all the buses were parked up in the depot and I wouldn't ever see another 'in service' vehicle again, let alone get to board one.
The two American stars had charged into a four-hole lead after only six holes, but as they fell apart at the seams with cve bogeys in the next 11, the unfancied European pair seized their chance magniccently.
There will have been much soul-searching between manager and players this week after their season fell apart at the seams.
Rangers had only two yellow-carded and that just about summed up the difference between the teams as they kept their shape and their discipline while Celtic fell apart at the seams.
After that Wales' performance fell apart at the seams, leaving Rees frustrated.