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come apart at the seams

1. To be approaching failure. Boy, this party is really coming apart at the seams. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
2. To become very emotional. Poor Jane really came apart at the seams during the funeral service. I can't watch those sappy movies because I just come apart at the seams every time.
See also: apart, come, seam

come unglued

1. informal To become extremely upset or emotional. Primarily heard in US. Poor Jane really came unglued during the funeral service.
2. informal To encounter setbacks or fail altogether. Primarily heard in US. Boy, this party is really coming unglued. First, there was the issue with the caterer, and now half the guests aren't coming.
See also: come, unglued

come unglued

Fig. to lose emotional control; to break out into tears or laughter. When Sally heard the joke, she almost came unglued. When the bank took away my car, I came unglued and cried and cried.
See also: come, unglued

come apart at the seams

Also, come unglued or unstuck . Become extremely upset; break down. For example, After he lost his job Brad seemed to come apart at the seams or The proposed bank merger is coming unglued, or When her last play flopped she became completely unstuck. This idiom transfers physical to emotional disintegration. [Slang; mid-1900s]
See also: apart, come, seam

come unglued

Also, come unstuck. See come apart at the seams.
See also: come, unglued

unglued

come apart at the seams

1. If a system or relationship comes apart at the seams it completely fails. Note: The seams of a piece of clothing are the places where the separate pieces of cloth used to make it are stitched together. Our relationship was coming apart at the seams — we were quarrelling the whole time. Note: You can also say that something falls apart at the seams. Britain's university system is in danger of falling apart at the seams because of cuts in government funding.
2. If someone is coming apart at the seams, they have stopped being able to manage their life because they are very unhappy or under so much stress. Note: The seams of a piece of clothing are the places where the separate pieces of cloth used to make it are stitched together. He stood for a moment, breathing deeply; he was coming apart at the seams, something he had never thought would happen to him.
See also: apart, come, seam

come unglued

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
1. If someone comes unglued, they cannot control their emotions and they behave in a strange or crazy way. She had apparently come unglued since losing her job as a writer for Western Gentry magazine. He had come unglued over a girl who was pregnant with his child. She wouldn't marry him, and he had gone to her house with a sawn-off shotgun and threatened to shoot her.
2. If someone or something comes unglued, they fail. Their marriage finally came unglued. Everything seemed to be coming unglued. Note: The usual British expression is come unstuck.
See also: come, unglued

come (or fall) apart at the seams

1 (of a thing) fall to pieces. 2 (of a person); have an emotional breakdown; collapse. informal
Seams are the lines along which pieces of fabric or the planks of a boat are joined, perceived as the points most likely to be damaged or weakened.
See also: apart, come, seam

come unˈglued

(American English, informal)
1 become very upset: I don’t know why, but whenever I take my child to the doctor’s she comes unglued.
2 if a plan, etc. comes unglued, it does not work successfully: Personally, I’m not sorry the building plans have come unglued. It means they’ll leave the public park alone.
See also: come, unglued

come unglued

Informal
To lose one's composure.
See also: come, unglued
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My guess is they watch reality television shows about humans who come unglued at the presence of wasps.
But Nathaniel quickly proves to be a mercurial character, charming when arranging their first date but slightly unglued once it transpires.
For gusset-plate joints, an increase in length of the gusset plate from 4 to 8 inches increased the moment capacity for both glued and unglued joints, but a further increase of the length did not result in any significant increase in the strength.
By the time the last protester had been unglued there had been no arrests.
The corporate media went into frenzied overdrive, offering incessant speculation on why poor Britney might be coming unglued.
The overwhelming dominance of their pre-glued sleever is set to be matched by its wraparound machine for flat unglued sleeves.
and her lashes were coming unglued, so that she pulled them off, and her eyes, I saw, poor, lashless eyes, looked palely small.
He added, "The conservative coalition, which is coming unglued for many reasons, will rapidly disintegrate if limited-government conservatives become convinced that social conservatives are unwilling to concentrate their character-building and soul-saving energies on the private institutions that mediate between individuals and government, and instead try to conscript government into sectarian crusades.
Meanwhile Detective Audrey Rhimes investigates the homicide and its links to Nick, who is already unglued with his neighbors' feelings, his wife's death, his distraught children, and now a murder.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said he didn't know anything about private security firms recruiting Central Americans to go to Iraq, and vehemently rejected a question suggesting the so-called Coalition of the Willing is becoming unglued.
Many of the major deals that have come unglued involved bankers, investment bankers, auditors, equity investors, lessees, vendors, lawyers for the lessee, lawyers for the lessor, the banks and so on.
On this unglued section, a tag board cover is glued.
In the carton-manufacturing module, flat, unglued carton blanks are converted into cartons by means of a specific forming and welding process," says Helmut Deichert from Bosch Packaging Technology.
I like to see them come unglued, and I like to see how the characters in the novels cope with this problem.
So let's say you've built up the courage, unglued your beloved phone from your earhole and thrown it into the Liffey.