coming apart at the seams

Coming apart at the seams is a cliche referring to being in a very bad condition and that you are likely to fail. When someone says they are coming apart at the seams it can be a physical or psychological ailment where they are either going through a bad time psychologically or physically they have a large number of ailments which lead to more serious health conditions. Coming apart at the seams is an offshoot from the literal term of an item ripping at the seams and quickly coming apart.