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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And the rush continued on Saturday with city centre bookshops Ottakar's and Waterstones saying they were bursting at the seams.
We were bursting at the seams in our old place - I can't believe how much furniture we had, " says Jessica, 31, who lives near Newbury, Berks.
We were bursting at the seams with new business demands," said Sig Anderman, Ellie Mae chief executive.