be bulging at the seams

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be bulging at the seams

slang To be overly crowded. Because of all the delays this morning, the train station is bulging at the seams. Good luck finding a place to sit!
See also: bulge, seam

be bursting/bulging at the ˈseams (with something)

(also be full to ˈbursting (with something)) (informal) be very or too full (of something): All of our schools are bursting at the seams; we have to build new ones urgently.
See also: bulge, burst, seam
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It is not as though we are bulging at the seams with top-class strikers, and Armstrong already has two first-team starts with us.
THE schools have just gone back the start of a new year and once again the classrooms are bulging at the seams and the teachers are overwhelmed.
The 48-year-old said: "The business has grown rapidly in recent years - we are bulging at the seams.
Our cat sanctuaries, like the splendid New Cramar out at Hopwood, are bulging at the seams with unwanted cats, all of them plain moggies like my eight.
Our schools are bulging at the seams,'' said Mel Roop, assistant superintendent for facilities for the Simi Valley Unified School District.
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