One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person or system) be in a very poor condition and near to collapse.‘the attitude of the airport guard was symptomatic of a system falling apart at the seams’
- ‘Journalists from all the broadsheets declared that the figures didn't bear up to close scrutiny, fell apart at the seams, and were a ‘swamp of muddled thinking’.’
- ‘Arafat came out unscathed, but the fragile relationship between Israel and the Palestinians fell apart at the seams.’
- ‘I am coming apart at the seams at least that's what it feels like.’
- ‘Tonight… he literally fell apart at the seams and let me pick up the pieces.’
- ‘But his first-class form fell apart at the seams last summer and he had lost his place in the side by mid-August.’
- ‘I just feel like we are falling apart at the seams I really don't want that to happen.’
- ‘Ireland put it under pressure and it fell apart at the seams.’
- ‘I feel as though I am falling apart at the seams.’
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