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[uhn-glood] /ʌnˈglud/
separated or detached; not glued.
come unglued, Slang.
  1. to become upset, disorganized, or confused; lose emotional control:
    to come unglued in an emergency.
  2. to disintegrate or collapse; fall apart; break down:
    The negotiators tried to keep the fragile peace agreement from coming unglued.
Origin of unglued
1685-95; (def 1) un-1 + glued; (def 2) unglue + -ed2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for come unglued
Historical Examples
  • These sometimes warp, split, crack, or come unglued at the butt or hammer.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • Flanges, damper heads, and all small wooden parts are liable to break or come unglued.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • She started to come unglued again but stopped the dissolving process just before the wet and gooey stage set in.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
Slang definitions & phrases for come unglued

come unglued

verb phrase

To go out of control; deteriorate to chaos; disintegrate; come apart at the seams: Mr Foster succeeded in keeping the proceedings from coming unglued/ Dole's constant anxiety that it could all come unstuck has set the dynamics of his campaign/ Everybody knew she was bound to come unwrapped (1910+)


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come unglued

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with come unglued

come unglued

Also, come unstuck . See come apart at the seams


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