#IOTW: Idioms Expressing Anger

Anger is an emotion that involves a strong uncomfortable and emotional response to a perceived provocation, hurt or threat. Here are some idioms you can use to express anger.

  1. Get on my nerves. Meaning: If someone getting on your nerves, they are doing something that is annoying or irritating.
    • Example:
      • “The boys living upstairs are so noisy, they’re getting on my nerves.
  2. To see red. Meaning: If someone sees red, it means they suddenly become very angry.
    • Example:
      • “When she hung up the phone, I saw red. I’ve never been so angry in my life.”
  3. To go ballistic. Meaning: If someone goes ballistic, they become violently and uncontrollably angry.
    • Example:
      • “My mom went ballistic when she saw the broken vases.”
  4. Black mood. Meaning: If someone is having a black mood, they are irritable, angry or even depressed.
    • Example:
      • “You’d better keep away from Sara today. She’s in a total black mood.
  5. Kick yourself. Meaning: If you feel like kicking yourself, you are angry with yourself for something you have or haven’t done.
    • Example:
      • “I could have kicked myself for messing up your birthday.”
  6. To be hopping mad. Meaning: If someone is hopping mad, they are so angry that they’re almost jumping/hopping around with rage.
    • Example:
      • “His parents were hopping mad when he broke the window.”
  7. To throw a wobbly. Meaning: If someone throws a wobbly, they are suddenly lose one’s self-control and become angry.
    • Example:
      • “She threw a wobbly when she saw his boyfriend looking at another girl.”

Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, August 27, 2016

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