Come Apart at the Seems

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Lose self-control or become extremely upset due to some news, person or an event

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  • This expression explains the behavior of any person under stressful condition. When a piece of any garment, clothing or other fabric is stitched, it is kept strong and in one place with the help of seams. When the seam comes apart, there is no way of keeping the stitching together. This mechanism is compared with the behavior of any person under a stressful condition. A nervous person coming apart at seams tells us that he gone beyond his limit of endurance.
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When Kelly came to know that it was impossible to visit her parents this summer, she came apart at the seams.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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