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bursting point

the point at which normal capacity is exceeded.
a stage of emotion at which self-control is lost.
Origin of bursting point
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Her heart was beating frightfully—beating to bursting point.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • Gorged to the bursting point, the Wildcat rolled over in the warm sunlight.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • The vast warehouses were filled almost to the bursting point.

    With the Doughboy in France

    Edward Hungerford
  • Five years more and the bursting point of overripeness will have been reached.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
  • Behind them the jam quivered, perilously near the bursting point.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • Next, Johnnie leaned, all but swelling to the bursting point that flat little chest of his to take in the delicious perfume.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • His limbs were at the bursting point, and the water was close up to the top of his chest.

  • His captain had taken him back into the fold, and his heart swelled almost to the bursting point with sudden joy.

    Frank Armstrong at College Matthew M. Colton
  • This succession of triumphs swelled his head nearly to the bursting point, and his boasting passed all bounds.

    Two Little Savages

    Ernest Thompson Seton

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