Definition of bursting (or bulging) at the seams in English:

bursting (or bulging) at the seams

phrase

informal
  • (of a place or building) full to overflowing:

    ‘because the hotel was bursting at the seams everyone had to double up’
    • ‘Here was a gritty, kinetic world opening before them - a complex verbal jazz of messy humanity, boogying in a justice system bursting at the seams.’
    • ‘The film opens with screeching modem noise, and the frame skitters out of space early on, suggesting that the movie is bursting at the seams with electric energy.’
    • ‘The dot-com frenzy was at its peak and the capital markets were so flush with cash that they were practically bursting at the seams.’
    • ‘The death of his father and the birth of his son are the framing events for a canvas bursting at the seams with drama and allegory, visual detail and theatrical elaboration.’
    • ‘The movie as a whole feels rushed, bursting at the seams with seemingly unnecessary subplots and tangential characters.’
    • ‘This album's bursting at the seams with electro flava.’
    • ‘And they're bursting at the seams with some of the problems that I talked about earlier - this notion of reallocating storage and the backup problems.’
    • ‘He was bursting at the seams with strength and oomph.’
    • ‘The chosen venue was a trendy tapas joint, which was bursting at the seams with the usual assortment of black-clad denizens.’
    • ‘Certainly, the recent recession has had a serious impact here, but the concert calendar is still bursting at the seams.’
    crowded, filled, packed, teeming, seething, swarming, crawling, crammed, thronged, bursting at the seams, solid, overflowing, choked, jammed, congested
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