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    ripley is offline Senior Member
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    come undone

    Hello,
    I'd like to know the meaning of this verb. I heard it in a song by Robbie Williams, where he says: I come undone....
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    Ripley

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    Hi.
    Do you have the context for the phrase "come undone"? They have quite a lot of meaning.

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    When things go wrong, or the person falls apart, they come undone.

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    Could you give some examples of the different figurative meanings? Dictionaries are not very prolific on this one.
    BTW, I don't think prolific works well in the preceding sentence. What would you replace it with?
    Two questions in one

    FRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Could you give some examples of the different figurative meanings? Dictionaries are not very prolific on this one.
    BTW, I don't think prolific works well in the preceding sentence. What would you replace it with?
    Two questions in one

    FRC
    Come undone is to lose self-control, get disorganized, fall into pieces

    When she looks at me, I come undone. (= I am speechless, don't know what to say or how to say it....she makes me fall into pieces)

    When my brother and sister start fighting I come undone and feel like strangling both of them! (= I lose self control, it drives me nuts).

    I don't know of other meanings for "come undone".

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