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I have found the idioms, meaning "get angry" in Russian dictionary:
To go ballistic (You have already helped me with it in theme "To go ballistic");
To blow a fuse/ gasket;
To fly off the handle;
To lose one’s rag;
To lose one’s shirt;
To lose one’s temper;
To fly to a tantrum;
To go/ jump off the deep end;
To breathe fire over smth.;
To flip one’s lid;
To froth/ foam at the mouth;
To see red.
Are they really used in UK, USA or Australia nowdays? And how often?
Are there any differences in their using (maybe, different situations or reasons of getting angry)?
Many Thanks to everyone!
In BrE, you will hear lose your rag, fly into a tantrum, flip your lid and see red.
Don't bust your boiler.
Don't blow a gasket; Don't do a piston.
Don't have an aneurysm. Don't have a cow, man!
In American English...
Never heard this.To lose one’s rag
Have heard this, but it does NOT mean to get angry. It means to lose a lot of money, possibly all of one's money, in some sort of business transaction. "He invested in the stock market but he lost his shirt when the market crashed in 1929."To lose one’s shirt
Means "to go crazy", not to get angry.To go/ jump off the deep end
Never heard this.To breathe fire over smth
I would say that the other items in the list are in fact idioms for getting angry and would be intelligible.
How about "to go spare!"?
"shirty - adj - angry, especially if only temporarily; characteristically ill-tempered. From "shirt" as a simbol af anger in such obsolete phrases as: "lose your shirt", or "have your shirt out" (to become angry) UK, 1897.
"English-Russian Dictionary of Idioms" by A.V. Kunin (2006) gives two meanings of this idiom:
1) to become angry (and Kunin does not say that this one is an outdated)
2) to lose a lot of money
That's why I'd like to know the opinion of native speakers.
Last edited by Olenek; 17-Apr-2011 at 07:19.
1. Lit. to jump into a swimming pool where the water is over one's head and one needs to be able to swim.
2. Fig. to become deeply involved (with someone or something) before one is ready. (Applies especially to falling in love.)
3. Fig. to act irrationally, following one's emotions or fantasies.
(McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.)
- go off the deep end (informal) - to suddenly become very angry or upset and start shouting at someone
(Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2006. Reproduced with permission)
- go off the deep end - to become so angry or upset that you cannot control your emotions
(Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2006. Reproduced with permission.)
go off the deep end - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
As for "go off the deep end", I'd say your first quoted definition, from McGraw Hill which does not include the connotation of "angry", is the correct one.