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    Sorry for the double post. That was a careless slip.

    Dear teachers,

    Not long ago I read a few sentences with a new for me idiom, namely:

    "My father blew his lid when I had an accident with his car."
    "Peters' father blew his lid when he heard about his poor grades."
    "Sweet Lou blew his lid yesterday. Even though I lost my bet I was close though. I thought he'd have his first out burst after the 10th game."
    "New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan blew his lid at the media on Wednesday, taking exception to a question by one journalist regarding his comments earlier in the week about teammate Plaxico Burnen."

    In the first two examples, which were from a grammar-test (about.com) I
    grasped the meaning of the expression "blow his lid" as " become very angry".

    I know so far, that:

    blow a fuse = to explode with anger
    blow one's mind = to affect whit intense emotion,such as amazment, excitement, or shock.
    blow one's top = to lose one's temper

    I know that there are another expression as:

    take your lid / flip your lid = to become crazy

    or

    blow /take off the lid off something= to cause something bad that was previously kept secret to be known by the public

    or

    blow the lid off , also blow wide open = expose, especially a scandal or illegal activity

    Would you tel me whether this idiom "blow his lid" is a common occurrence in English language? Does it is a body idiom or "lid" is a cover or a top in this case?

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

    V.
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    Default Re: blow his lid

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Not long ago, I read a few sentences with a new idiom for me, namely:

    "My father blew his lid when I had an accident with his car."
    "Peter's father blew his lid when he heard about his poor grades."
    "Sweet Lou blew his lid yesterday. Even though I lost my bet, I was close though. I thought he'd have his first outburst after the 10th game."
    "New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan blew his lid at the media on Wednesday, taking exception to a question by one journalist regarding his comments earlier in the week about teammate Plaxico Burnen."

    In the first two examples, which were from a grammar-test (about.com) I
    grasped the meaning of the expression "blow his lid" as " become very angry".

    I know so far, that:

    blow a fuse = to explode with anger
    blow one's mind = to affect with intense emotion, such as amazment, excitement, or shock.
    blow one's top = to lose one's temper

    I know that there is another expression:

    take your lid / flip your lid = to become crazy (Vil, 'take your lid' is not common usage. 'Flip your lid' is common usage.))

    or

    blow /take the lid off something= to cause something bad that was previously kept secret to be known by the public

    or

    blow the lid off , also blow wide open = expose, especially a scandal or illegal activity

    Would you tell me whether this idiom "blow his lid" is a common occurrence in English language? Yes, individuals frequently become angry and will 'blow their lids'.

    Does it is a body idiom or "lid" is a cover or a top in this case? ("Is it an idiom describing a body part, or is it a cover or a top in this case?") Vil, visualize a cartoon character who is so angry that his head explodes. 'Blow your lid' is a figure of speech that means the same thing.

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.
    Keep up the good work! I enjoy your questions and clear-headed reasoning!

    V.
    Cheers,
    Amigos4

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    Default Re: blow his lid

    Hi Amigo4,

    Thank you for your enlightener's activity. Manifestly you are unflagging. I have to try to be not in arrears with my writing. I'm also notable for my perseverance. The next post is already in preparatory for dispatching.

    Owing to your close examinations, I have ascertained the fact that I made a few grave faults, which I make over and over as a parrot. I am hopping to reduce them shortly to the acceptable minimum. It goes without saying that this event wouldn't be come true without your active contribution.

    Thank you for the illustrative examples and well-founded explanations.


    Regards.

    V.

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