be bursting

idiom

Definition of be bursting 

1 : to be filled with something The crate was bursting with fruit. The dish is bursting with flavors. Her parents were practically bursting with pride.

2 : to want very much to do (something one is not yet able to do) I'm bursting to tell you the news, but I have to talk to Ken first.

3 British, informal : to need to urinate very badly

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