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1. Loosened or separated; unfastened.
2. Informal In confused distress; upset.
come unglued Informal
To lose one's composure.
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not fixed by glue
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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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Sangeet Som, a member of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, railed that the Taj Mahal was"a blot on Indian culture" built by"traitors." And Som's party colleague Vinay Katiyar blustered, completely unglued from historical fact, that the Taj Mahal was actually"Tejo Mahal, Lord Shiva's temple," referring to the Hindu god.
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