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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


ANGER - ANNOYANCE - IRRITATION, page 2

(Idioms:  a flea in your ear  →  go ballistic)


  • a flea in your ear
    • After an attempt at something, if you are sent away with a flea in your ear, you are angrily reprimanded or humiliated.
      "When Andy tried to put the blame on Pete, he was sent away with a flea in his ear."

  • fly off the handle
    • A person who flies off the handle becomes suddenly very angry.
      "Dad flew off the handle when I told him I had damaged his new car."

  • foam at the mouth
    • Someone who foams at the mouth is extremely angry about something.
      "The director was foaming at the mouth when he saw a picture of his children in the newspaper."

  • get off (my) back
    • If you tell someone to get off your back, you are annoyed and ask them to stop finding fault or criticizing you.
      "Liz, please, get off my back! You've been making comments about my work all morning!"

  • get someone's goat
    • Something that get someone's goat annoys or irritates them.
      "People who keep pushing when you're standing in line really gets my goat!"

  • get your knickers in a twist
    • If you get your knickers in a twist, you are angry, nervous or anxious faced with a difficult situation.
      "Don't get your knickers in a twist! Everything is under control."

  • get a rise out of somebody
    • If you make someone react angrily by jokingly saying something that you know will irritate them, you get a rise out of them.
      "He gets a rise out of his daughter by asking her about her latest diet."

  • get in someone's hair
    • If you get in someone's hair, you are annoying them so much that they cannot get on with what they are doing.
      "I'd finish the report more quickly if my colleague wasn't getting in my hair all the time!"

  • get on someone's nerves
    • If you get on someone's nerves, you annoy or irritate them a great deal.
      "The boys next door are so noisy they're getting on my nerves."

  • give it a rest!
    • If someone tells you to give it a rest, they are asking you to stop doing something such as complaining or talking continuously.
      "All you talk about is politics. Give it a rest ... please!"

  • Give someone a piece of your mind
    • If you tell someone exactly what you think, in a very angry manner, you give them a piece of your mind.
      "Jack was so irritated by his neighbours' behaviour that he decided to give them a piece of his mind. "

  • give the (rough) edge of your tongue
    • If you give the (rough) edge of your tongue, you scold someone severely or speak to them very aggressively or rudely.
      "My boss was so angry that I really got the rough edge of his tongue."

  • give someone a tongue-lashing
    • When you scold someone severely, you give them a tongue-lashing.
      "The teacher gave Jeremy a tongue-lashing when he arrived late for school for the third time."

  • the gloves are off!
    • This expression is used when there are signs that a fight is about to start.
      "The two candidates are out of their seats. The gloves are off!"

  • go ballistic
    • When someone goes ballistic, they become very angry.
      "My dad went ballistic when he saw the state of the garden after the barbecue. "

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