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come (or get) unstuck

Definition of come or get unstuck in English:

1Become separated or unfastened.
Example sentences
  • Unfortunately as attempts were made to haul the longboat off the rocks a rope came unstuck and struck one of the Islanders, almost severing their right elbow.
1.1 informal Fail completely: all their clever ideas came unstuck
More example sentences
  • As an attacking golfer, he can come unstuck when he fails to play it safe.
  • Anyone in any doubt about the importance of a good business plan should watch BBC2's Dragons' Den to get an idea of how a budding entrepreneur can come unstuck without one.
  • They failed to convince against unfancied Ireland and Wales, before coming unstuck against England and South Africa and finally slumping to a record defeat to old rivals New Zealand.
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