English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Anger - Annoyance
|be up in arms||If you are up
in arms about something, you are very angry.
The population was up in arms over the demolition of the old theatre.
|get off by back!||
If you tell someone to get off your back,
you are annoyed and ask them to stop finding
faults or criticizing you.
Liz, please, get off my back! You've been making comments about my work all morning!
|bear with sore head||If someone is behaving like a
bear with a sore head, they are
very irritable and bad-tempered.
When his team lost the match, Brad was like a bear with a sore head.
|bite head off||If you bite someone's head off,
you criticize them strongly (and perhaps
I worked 10 hours a day all week and my boss bit my head off for not doing my share of the work!
be in a black mood means to be
irritable, angry or even depressed.
You'd better keep away from Bill today. He's in a black mood.
|blow a fuse||If you blow a fuse, you
suddenly lose y our temper and become very
Charlie blew a fuse yesterday then he discovered that his ipod had been stolen.
|blow a gasket||When a furious person blows a gasket,
they explode with anger.
When the shop was burgled for the third time, the owner blew a gasket.
|blow your top||If you blow your top, you
suddenly become very angry.
When my mother saw the state of the house after the party, she blew
|have a bone to pick||If you have a
bone to pick with someone, you are
annoyed with them and want to talk to them
Mark wants to see the boss. He says he's got a bone to pick with him.
|cheesed off||If someone is
cheesed off with something, they are
annoyed, bored or frustrated.
Jenny is absolutely cheesed off with her job.
|come down like a ton of bricks||If someone comes
down on you like a ton of bricks, they
criticize you severely because you have done
If you mix up the order, the boss will come down on you like a ton of bricks!
|for crying out loud!||This expression is used to show
irritation, exasperation or anger.
For crying out loud, turn that television off!
|cut it out!||If you say 'cut it out' to
someone, you are telling them to stop doing
I've had enough of your insinuations, so just cut it out!
|drive up the wall||If somebody or something drives you
up the wall,
they do something that greatly annoys or
I can't concentrate with all the noise - it's driving me up the wall.
|eat someone alive||If you criticize someone severely
because you are angry with them, you eat
(You can also be eaten alive - bitten repeatedly - by insects.)
The boss will eat me alive if the report arrives late.
|fit to be tied||Someone who is
fit to be tied is extremely irritated,
upset or angry.
Harry was fit to be tied when his dog dug up the flowers he had planted.
|get/take flak||If you get
or take flak, you receive severe
criticism for something you have done.
He got a lot of flak for the way he handled the situation.
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