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    as mad as snakes

    'Probably cages full of rats and bits of bodies in jars. Ugly little bugger's some kind of spooky scientist. They're all as mad as snakes.'

    as mad as snakes = crazy?

    why snakes?

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    Re: as mad as snakes

    Good question. Snakes, by themselves, are not angry if that is what the "mad" means.

    It still doesn't work if the "mad" means crazy or whirling around not knowing what to do.

    Better:
    mad as swarming bees
    mad as hornets
    crazy as a loon
    mad as bats
    mad as a basket of snakes

    ("All" can be a singlar/collective or plural noun)

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    Re: as mad as snakes

    UK: He is mad about football! MAD = crazy
    US: He is mad at you! MAD = angry


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