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1. Loosened or separated; unfastened.
2. Informal In confused distress; upset.
come unglued Informal
To lose one's composure.


not fixed by glue



separated or detached; not glued.
come unglued, Informal.
a. to lose emotional control.
b. to disintegrate; fall apart: Negotiations have come unglued.
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The only things keeping her from coming unglued are some new friends and Evan--the son of her mother's childhood friend--who seems to know Meara almost better than she knows herself.
In a world that often seems to be coming unglued, it is reassuring, and even helps create a kind of inner order, to repeat a group of prayers that have been part of the Catholic tradition for almost 2,000 years.
Love blooms across the centuries, although Ben's make-up involved a lot of prosthetics, including a pair of rubber lips that kept coming unglued during their scenes of primal passion.
Nor is the asteroid coming unglued due to the pressure of interior ices warming and vaporizing.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's health care law risks coming unglued because of his administration's bungles and his own inflated promises.
The world could have been coming unglued around him and that would be his demeanor.
The clashes over the past two weeks have fueled a sense that Egypt is coming unglued, while also raising concerns that the country could be hit by more — and greater — political violence.
Levant States Coming Unglued as Iraq teeters on Edge of Civil War and Syria Beset by over 1000 militias The Levant States seem to be coming unglued as the fighting in Fallujah pushes Iraq toward civil war.
The company stuck to its prestige roots even as the world's financial system was coming unglued.
Just imagine coming unglued in a crowded bar and everyone drifting into one large cloud of drinkers.
It's an island - an island of relative stability between two great geopolitical systems that are cracking apart: the euro zone that came into being after the cold war, and the Arab state system that came into being after World War I are both coming unglued.
So coastal sediments are coming unglued in the region, where global warming is exaggerated.