come/fall apart at the seams

Definition of come/fall apart at the seams

informal

  1. :  to break into parts or pieces —usually used figuratively to describe someone or something that is in very bad condition The plan/company is falling apart at the seams. She looks like she's going to come apart at the seams.

Word by Word Definitions

comeplay
  1. :  to move toward something :  approach

    :  to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose

    :  to reach a particular station in a series

fallplay
  1. :  to descend freely by the force of gravity

    :  to hang freely

    :  to drop oneself to a lower position

  1. :  the act of falling by the force of gravity

    :  a falling out, off, or away :  dropping

    :  the season when leaves fall from trees :  autumn

  1. :  of, relating to, or suitable for autumn

apartplay
  1. :  at a little distance

    :  away from one another in space or time

    :  as a separate unit :  independently

  1. :  separate, isolated

    :  holding different opinions :  divided

seamplay seams
  1. :  the joining of two pieces (as of cloth or leather) by sewing usually near the edge

    :  the stitching used in such a joining

    :  the space between adjacent planks or strakes of a ship

  1. :  to join by sewing

    :  to join as if by sewing (as by welding, riveting, or heat-sealing)

    :  to mark with lines suggesting seams


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up come/fall apart at the seams? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a frightening dream

Get Word of the Day daily email!