be bursting at the seams

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be bursting at the seams

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!
See also: burst, seam

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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"I am beyond over the moon to share that our beautiful baby girl, Sadie Rauch, has arrived and our hearts are bursting at the seams with love for her."
"Too many primary schools are bursting at the seams, with dining halls and libraries being turned into emergency classrooms."
Rescues are bursting at the seams 365 days of the year and the breeders just keep on breeding!!!!!
"Players who are bursting at the seams to challenge the players here and to challenge on a daily basis to increase the quality of the side overall.
Simon Pointon, managing director of AGGORA, said: "We really are bursting at the seams and have been looking for suitable new premises for nearly a year.
Michelle Pyle, head of fundraising for the shelter, said: "We are bursting at the seams with the amount of dogs desperately needing homes.
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).
She added: "We are bursting at the seams. There were a lot of pregnant dogs coming in.
At a time when we're told our jails are bursting at the seams, the sentences for non-fatal driving incidents seem over the top.
However, because the country's other detention centres are bursting at the seams they WILL be put into one of those and another 150 other illegals will be let out - presumably never to be seen again.
at a time when our prisons are bursting at the seams."
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