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come apart at the seams
1. To be approaching failure. Boy, this party is really coming apart at the seams. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
2. To become very emotional. Poor Jane really came apart at the seams during the funeral service. I can't watch those sappy movies because I just come apart at the seams every time.
1. informal To become extremely upset or emotional. Primarily heard in US. Poor Jane really came unglued during the funeral service.
2. informal To encounter setbacks or fail altogether. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Boy, this party is really coming unglued. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
To encounter setbacks or fail altogether. Boy, this party is really coming unstuck. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
Fig. to lose emotional control; to break out into tears or laughter. When Sally heard the joke, she almost came unglued. When the bank took away my car, I came unglued and cried and cried.
Also, come unstuck. See come apart at the seams.
come ungluedAMERICAN, INFORMAL
1. If someone comes unglued, they cannot control their emotions and they behave in a strange or crazy way. She had apparently come unglued since losing her job as a writer for Western Gentry magazine. He had come unglued over a girl who was pregnant with his child. She wouldn't marry him, and he had gone to her house with a sawn-off shotgun and threatened to shoot her.
2. If someone or something comes unglued, they fail. Their marriage finally came unglued. Everything seemed to be coming unglued. Note: The usual British expression is come unstuck.
come unstuckBRITISH, INFORMAL
COMMON If someone or something comes unstuck, they fail. Australia's Greg Norman came badly unstuck in the third round of the Memorial golf tournament yesterday. Past promises about multimedia have come unstuck thanks to inadequate technology. Note: The usual American expression is come unglued.
To lose one's composure.