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come unstuck

To encounter setbacks or fail altogether. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Boy, this party is really coming unstuck. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
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come unstuck

BRITISH, 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.
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come unstuck

fail completely. informal
2001 Irish Examiner A Leinster victory would put the quarter-finals within touching distance, especially if French champions Toulouse come unstuck at Newcastle.
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come unˈstuck

(British English, informal) be unsuccessful; fail: His plan to escape came badly unstuck.She came unstuck in the last part of the exam.
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Slapstick comes unstuck, Steve Martin's incessant face pulling at the camera is irritating within half an hour, and screenwriter Sam Harper shows a knack for clumsy and limp dialogue.
But it's the first game in a World Cup, and we have seen it so often when a fancied country comes unstuck as soon as they get to the finals, despite having done all the preparation.
Manager Owen Delargy revealed that the rematch is pencilled in for May, but Norton's revenge bid will be scrapped if he comes unstuck against Rasani.
He comes unstuck with Belica, the haughty gypsy girl he fancies, but whose roving eyes and dancing feet are focused on snaring the king.
But their cover comes unstuck when one of the young thieves, Marat (Alexei Alexeev), falls for Masha (Anastasia Tsvetseyeva), the daughter of the kingpin (Andre Panin) whose cash they've robbed.
The red-head is Rachel Weisz after a trip to the hairdresser and the dialogue coach, and Jake is Ed Burns - a conman who comes unstuck when his gang steals cash belonging to a strip-club king.
Hollywood tough guy Andy Garcia comes unstuck as a ticket tout who tries to muscle in on a New York gang's turf in his new film Piece Of Cake.
As "The Hellfire Club" careens to its implausible conclusion, his plot becomes so rickety that the rubber bands snap and the chewing gum comes unstuck.
However, it's not long before the alarm is raised and his plan comes unstuck.
EMMERDALE (7pm ITV1) VAL HAS told Alicia to play that little minx Gemma at her own game, but Alicia comes unstuck tonight when she lies to Dom to stop Gemma getting in trouble.
And if the 'Machine' comes unstuck again against Simon Whitlock in front of 8,000 fans at the Echo Arena in Liverpool this evening, for the first time he may begin to doubt whether he will make the play-offs at the O2 in a fortnight.
Battle Los Angeles comes unstuck by being over-edited and the filming is too often in your face to compensate for the plot's lack of depth.
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New sitcom starring Peter Davison as a middle-aged advertising consultant whose life comes unstuck when his job is downsized.
Slapstick comes unstuck, Martin's incessant mugging and gurning at the camera is irritating and screenwriter Sam Harper shows a rare knack for excruciatingly clumsy and limp dialogue.