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seam

(sēm) a line of union.
osteoid seam  on the surface of a bone, the narrow region of newly formed organic matrix not yet mineralized.
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Zuasolas long shots are difficult to pull off, and his attempt at winking theatricality will remind you of Lars von Triers bold storytelling style ("Dogville")-but, this novel conceit eventually comes apart at the seams due to overreaching ambition.
Without investigative reporting--and the unfettered freedom to conduct it--this whole business comes apart at the seams.
Carell and Moore are wonderful, milking their characters' tears of regret as the marriage comes apart at the seams.
Tensions are rising in the resource rich state as an uneasy unity government comes apart at the seams and as President Robert Mugabe, 87, pushes for elections this year.