come unglued

unglued

[uhn-glood]
adjective
1.
separated or detached; not glued.
Idioms
2.
come unglued, Slang.
a.
to become upset, disorganized, or confused; lose emotional control: to come unglued in an emergency.
b.
to disintegrate or collapse; fall apart; break down: The negotiators tried to keep the fragile peace agreement from coming unglued.

Origin:
1685–95; (def 1) un-1 + glued; (def 2) unglue + -ed2

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Etymonline
Word Origin & History

unglue
1548, from un- (2) + glue (v.). Unglued in fig. sense is recorded from 1922.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms & Phrases

come unglued

Also, come unstuck. See come apart at the seams.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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