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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: idioms, meaning "get angry"

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    I heard someone say this once in the early 90s.
    But we do you have kittens, in BrE at least, though for worrying/nerves.

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    Default Re: idioms, meaning "get angry"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    But we do you have kittens, in BrE at least, though for worrying/nerves.
    I'm sorry perhaps I don't quite follow.

    Don't have kittens = Don't worry
    Why this should sound so much funnier and sillier than don't have a cow is illogical but still.

    I'm having kittens? Does this mean I am worried because I would be.

    Isn't language fun!

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    Default Re: idioms, meaning "get angry"

    to get pissed off / ticked off / cheesed off (these are AmE, bear in mind that pissed means drunk in BrE)
    to lose the plot
    to fly into a rage
    to throw a tanty (diminutive for tantrum so it's condescending)
    to blow up
    someone's blood started to boil
    the red mist descended

    Other than the first line, I think they're rather more British than American expressions.

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    Default Re: idioms, meaning "get angry"

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Ben View Post
    to get pissed off / ticked off / cheesed off (these are AmE, bear in mind that pissed means drunk in BrE)
    True, but if you are 'pissed off', you are angry or frustrated in BrE, too.

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    Default Re: idioms, meaning "get angry"

    In Aust/NZ English to "get shirty" means to get annoyed or angry, while "keep your shirt on" means "don't get angry", "calm down".
    But to "lose one's shirt" means to lose all your money, usually through gambling.
    Also:
    pissed = drunk
    pissed off = angry/annoyed

    Others:
    "spit the dummy"
    "spitting chips"
    "chuck a wobbly"
    "chuck a spaz"


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