unstuck

unstuck
[[t]ʌnstʌ̱k[/t]]
1) PHRASE: V inflects If something comes unstuck, it becomes separated from the thing that it was attached to.

The brown vinyl covering all the horizontal surfaces is coming unstuck in several places.

2) PHRASE: V inflects To come unstuck means to fail. [mainly BRIT, INFORMAL]
See also unstick

Where economics comes unstuck is when it doesn't take account of the anticipated actions of human beings...

Those who come unstuck are the ones who cannot sell the properties on fast enough.

Syn:
(in AM, usually use come unglued)

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • unstuck — adjective Date: 1911 brought into a state of disarray, discomposure, or incoherence < the deal came unstuck > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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