When language learners prepare themselves for English exams, they might come across these questions: what are idioms expressions related to anger? what are some common expressions and idioms about anger? what are English Expressions and Idioms about Anger? what are some angry idioms and phrases?
Have you ever experienced air rage, sports rage, or road rage? What happened? Has someone ever bitten your head off? Have you ever lost any money in a vending machine? What did you do
about it? Do you have a bone to pick with anyone? Do you ever blow your top, or burst a blood vessel?
This post sheds light on important English expressions and idioms related to anger. These phrases related to anger will surely help you, as a language learner, to enrich your vocabulary, and prepare you for English exams like TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE.
English Expressions and Idioms about Anger
When was the last time you got angry? Why did you get angry? Where were you? Who were you with? What happened in the end? The following idioms expressions related to anger can be used to help you describe the different types and levels of anger you, or others may experience.
- be like a red rag to a bull
- get hot under the collar
- To fly off the handle
- Cheesed off
- Foam at the mouth
- to drive someone bananas
- be fed up to the back teeth
- to be losing it
- be in a strop
- Kick yourself
- see red
- to blow off some steam
- to have a bone to pick with someone
- blow one’s top
- to jump down one’s throat
- to vent one’s spleen
- to go off the deep end
- up in arms
- to burn with a low blue flame
- get your goat
- be on the warpath
- to be hopping mad about something
- go ballistic
- burst a blood vessel
- Get on someone’s nerves
- all hot and bothered
- To be up in arms about something.
- make blood boil
- bent out of shape
- Bristle with anger /rage
- at one wits’ end
- Give someone a piece of your mind
- have it up to here
- go off the deep end
- to have a short fuse
- go spare
- To bite someone’s head off.
- do one’s nut
- to flip one’s wig
- to blow a casket
- to be out for blood
- to have a cow
- to flip out
- to have a coniption
- to skin one alive
- More heat than light
- to go postal
- blow a fuse
- to do a slow burn
- Make one’s hackles rise
- to hit the roof /ceiling
- the last straw
- mad/angry enough to chew nails
- to step on one’s toes
- have /throw a fit
- to be made as a hornet
- to tick off
- A storm in a teacup
- to be as mad as a wet hen
- Pain in the neck
- drive someone up the wall
- go nuts
- rub someone up the wrong way
- put/set the cat among the pigeons
Idioms Expressions Related To Anger: Meanings and Examples
be like a red rag to a bull
- meaning: used of something that makes a person very angry
- Example: Talking about politics with Scarlet is like a red rag to a bull.
get hot under the collar
Meaning: to become annoyed, resentful, or angry
Example: Amy is quick to get hot under the collar, but once the problem is solved, she forgets it entirely.
To fly off the handle
Meaning: to lose control and become very angry
Example: Jack tends to fly off the handle when his family disagrees with him.
Meaning: angry and irritated
Example: He was cheesed off that they made him go to the back of the queue.
Foam at the mouth
Meaning: be extremely angry
Example: The criminal was foaming at the mouth over the judge’s verdict
driving one bananas
Meaning: to make someone feel stressed and angry
Example: Martha’s husband is driving her bananas with all those questions.
be fed up to the back teeth
Meaning: to become angry because a problem or a situation has continued for too long
Example: The little Vicky is fed up to the back teeth with/of being criticized all the time.
to be losing it
Meaning: start becoming crazy with anger continued for too long
Example: I think I must be losing it since that’s the fourth time this week I’ve lost my pocket
be in a strop
Meaning: to be in a bad mood, angry
Example: John is in a strop because his boss wouldn’t let him a day off
Meaning: to be angry and criticize oneself for something one has done
Example: Emelia was kicking herself for having forgotten the meeting.
Meaning: suddenly become very angry about something
Example: People who don’t respect the queue really make me see red
jump down someone’s throat
Meaning: to respond angrily to someone
Example: He jumped down my throat when I suggested a new solution
get your goat
Meaning: to make you annoyed or angry
Example: It really gets my goat when people park at the entrance
be on the warpath
Meaning: to get very angry and ready to start a fight
Example: their mum’s on the warpath when she found out they have taken her car without permission
put/set the cat among the pigeons
Meaning: to say or do something that causes trouble or makes a lot of people very angry
Example: Parents told the kids they would have to cancel their holidays, and that set the cat among the pigeons.
make blood boil
Meaning: to make someone extremely angry
Example: The way they have treated those poor people makes my blood boil