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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Campaigner Ian Syme said University Hospital "is bursting at the seams and unable to meet demands." But the new Trust, which cost PS300million to set up, was praised for its children's services Chief executive Mark Hackett said: "I am proud care for children is recognised.
If the A1 is upgraded north of Morpeth there will be a viable alternative for traffic coming south from Scotland to the M6, which is bursting at the seams. Thus, an upgrade is the last thing we need.
The results of a ward survey I put out to every resident early this year showed an overwhelming dissatisfaction with the No 29 bus, which leaves Stokesley and is bursting at the seams by the time it reaches Beechwood, Saltersgill, Sutton, etc.
Bank at the Ozarks is bursting at the seams at its current HQ at 12615 Chenal Parkway, which it will retain.
"The school is bursting at the seams," Luckman states matter-of-factly.
But the Group Health Centre is bursting at the seams.
``Cardiff High School is bursting at the seams at the moment and I know the primary schools are too.
A SCHOOL which is bursting at the seams has plans for 10 new classrooms, an art block and new dining hall.
Today, a year and a half on, the risk seems to have paid off, with a move to new premises and an order book that is bursting at the seams.
Even though Charlie McCreevy's piggy bank is bursting at the seams, he is not going to spread it around.
Stockton Sixth Form College is bursting at the seams, thanks to rocketing numbers of students and an increase in staff.
``Cardiff is bursting at the seams and there is a waiting list of retailers waiting to move into large units in the city.