bursting at the seams

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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.
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bursting (or bulging) at the seams

(of a place or building) full to overflowing. informal
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