be bursting at the seams

be bursting at the seams

COMMON If a place is bursting at the seams, it is completely full of people or things. Note: The seams of a piece of clothing are the places where the separate pieces of cloth used to make it are stitched together. The tiny stadium was bursting at the seams with a capacity crowd of just under 10,000. We really need to sort out that shed. It's bursting at the seams.
See also: burst, 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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In 20 years' time the population areas will be bursting at the seams and what will they need which is in short supply.
AT THIS time of year all these bottle banks and cardboard collection bins seem to be bursting at the seams.
Foulkes believes the redevelopment of the main stand at the Gorgie site is a priority because the stadium will soon be bursting at the seams.
Crime would drop because drug-users wouldn't steal to feed their habit; more police resources could be devoted to fighting crime, immigration officers could concentrate on controlling illegal immigrants; and our prisons wouldn't be bursting at the seams.
MERSEYRAIL'S1,100 staff could soon be bursting at the seams with pride.
A bookstore should be bursting at the seams with new books.
Ibrox will be bursting at the seams for Gers' last Old Firm clash this season.
What success has done has been causing us to be bursting at the seams,'' Manke said.
It was pointed out that, in 24 hours' time, Old Trafford would be bursting at the seams for the visit of Bayern Munich.
GLAMOUR model Jodie Marsh appeared to be bursting at the seams as she launched a new computer game yesterday.
WITH no less than six top class open races, including some of the best greyhounds in training plus half a dozen quality graded events, Shawfield will be bursting at the seams tonight.