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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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In fact, it's only when you reach the harder parts that the game comes unstuck.