burst at the seams

burst at the seams

 
1. Fig. to be very full and burst, perhaps at the seams. (Alludes to something that would burst at the seams if overfilled.) I am so full from dinner! I'm ready to burst at the seams. The room was so full it was bursting at the seams.
2. Fig. [for someone] to strain from holding in pride or laughter as if one might burst. Tom nearly burst at the seams with pride. We laughed so hard we just about burst at the seams.
See also: burst, seam

burst at the seams

Be filled to or beyond normal capacity. For example, On her wedding day the church was bursting at the seams, or That was a wonderful meal, but I'm bursting at the seams. This expression alludes to rupturing the seams of a garment too tight for the wearer and is generally used hyperbolically. Also see come apart at the seams.
See also: burst, seam
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On Friday, he made a few joking remarks at Fox News' expense on Twitter, and later in the day released a full statement calling the channel "a media colonoscopy bag that has begun to burst at the seams," among other such expressions.
Pub car parks will burst at the seams and despite non-alcoholic drinks, it is fair to assume some cars will leave with over-the-limit drivers at the wheel.
We saw the need to move the Lancaster boundary further west and further southwest; otherwise Quartz Hill is going to burst at the seams,'' Freise said.
The sizzling economy is causing many small businesses to burst at the seams.
Those not already in transition to open markets can see the day not far ahead where the neat symmetries and contained energies of a monopoly structure will burst at the seams," said Ron Cowles, principal analyst for Gartner Dataquest's worldwide telecommunications group.
The first one burst at the seams over the weekend during a trial run, sparking a mad rush to find a suitable substitute.
It's just going to burst at the seams or get overcrowded because there is no land left and that is going to put extreme pressure on (agricultural) land.
A year ago, Digital burst at the seams again and moved to a larger space in Calabasas.