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burst at the seams

1. slang To be overly crowded. Because of all the delays this morning, the train station is bursting at the seams. Good luck finding a place to sit!
2. slang To try to contain a strong feeling or impulse. When I saw your text, I practically burst at the seams trying not to laugh at it in the middle of the theater. The water burst forth from the broken water main.
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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.
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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.
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Our membership has doubled to nearly 12,000 over the past decade and our Forest Street store is bursting at the seams," said general manager Jeff Voltz in a press release.
Prisons are bursting at the seams, the level of assaults against staff has risen to more than eight a day and the prisoner to staff ratio has also risen.
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GLASGOW was bursting at the seams yesterday as the Scotland game, big music events and conferences left every hotel fully booked.
Now all we have is one big headache with our country bursting at the seams.
Bank at the Ozarks is bursting at the seams at its current HQ at 12615 Chenal Parkway, which it will retain.
In other words, the Catholic Church should become like the liberalized mainline Protestant churches, which (as we all know) are bursting at the seams with young people (perhaps the very same young people who flock in the millions to the Anglican and United Church versions of World Youth Day).
Eric Underwood was bursting at the seams with strength and oomph.
A bookstore should be bursting at the seams with new books.
Hotels, cafe bars, clubs and restaurants are expecting to be bursting at the seams as revellers gather in the gay quarter of the city around Hurst Street for the event.
We're bursting at the seams," says Mike McDonough, executive vice president, "and we need more capacity.
The side might not be bursting at the seams with highlypaid overseas' imports and the car park is not full of BMWs with company logos, but anyone who has seen Caerphilly this season cannot fault their courage and commitment.
However, when the fab four split in 1970, Harrison was bursting at the seams with material galore.