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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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Anything else, Johnson warned, and they risk coming unstuck today at Twickenham against a Samoan team ranked 11th in the world but growing in confidence after their performance in a 20-10 defeat to Ireland last week.
The Omega team was asked to install 32 starting blocks but, to its surprise, the tiles had a sand base and not concrete, which could lead to the tiles coming unstuck if they are pressed upon.
The north London outfit are buzzing at present and it's difficult to see them coming unstuck at the Britannia Stadium.
Toby Jug has thrived since joining Sarah Humphery's team, winning threes on the bounce before coming unstuck at Cheltenham.
Twice a winner at Kelso when the "catch-me-if-you-can" tactics were employed, he was fancied to run a big race in the Becher Chase until coming unstuck at The Chair.
Barnes found that to avoid coming unstuck, the frogs spread their legs wide apart.
The Westaff warning follows an increasing number of reports from clients which suggest that jobseekers are coming unstuck - or demonstrating a lack of understanding of the industry which they are seeking employment in - when asked simple questions during first round interviews.
Fratton Park is a tough place to visit and it's hard to see Pompey coming unstuck there against the Toffees.
Clarke began the third round at three over and notched a birdie at the par-four fourth, before coming unstuck for a second time in three days when he took bogey at the treacherous par-three sixth.
Politicians grappling with their maths This election campaign will be remembered for senior politicians coming unstuck on their figures.
I cannot see him coming unstuck against Rowby-John Rodriguez tonight.
Van Gerwen is a 1-6 shot though arrers observers will recall how seamlessly he was easing through the gears at the Grand Prix only last month before somehow coming unstuck against Robert Thornton.
Field kick off at 2pm this coming Saturday against Leicester Lions after coming unstuck at Harrogate in the league this weekend, going down 27-8.
But Real Madrid star Ozil reckons the stick is unfair after Low's side set a new world record of 15 consecutive international wins before coming unstuck against the Azzurri in Warsaw.
The fiveyear-old won two out of four starts over hurdles last term, twice coming unstuck against the classy Get Me Out Of Here.