Anger

hit the roof

Meaning: experience sudden anger

Example: Jake's parents are going to hit the roof when they see the damage he's done to their car. Read on

in the bad books

Meaning: out of favour

Example: Maria remains in his bad books after the argument between both. Read on

fly off the handle

Meaning: To lose one's temper and get angry for seemingly no reason (does not usually refer to situations that would warrant an emotional response).

Example: I was so happy to find a parking spot and get out of the store when Jim came flying off the handle and yelled at me in front of everyone in line. Read on

barking dogs seldom bite

Meaning: to threaten someone, but not take action or follow through with threats

Example: "I haven't finished my maths homework. You know what Mr Peterson is like, he'll shout so loud they will hear him in the next town."
"Yes, but barking dogs seldom bite. It's just his way." Read on

black mood

Meaning: to be angry, irritable or in a temper

Example: Geoff was in one of his black moods today, and no amount of cajoling could snap him out of it. Read on

bite head off

Meaning: overreact in an angry or harsh way

Example: His mother nearly bit his head off when he got his new shoes dirty. Read on

tick off

Meaning: to make a mark next to items on a list that have been completed

Example: I would like to tick off some more items on my list before going home. Read on

mad at

Meaning: to be angry at a person or situation

Example: I am so mad at Jane because she broke my favourite pair of earrings. I told her not to borrow my things. Read on

set off

Meaning: to start a journey

Example: We would like to set off for Paris by 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. Read on

get your goat

Meaning: irritate somebody

Example: She got my goat the moment she said my mother was no good at parenting. Read on

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put your foot in it

Meaning: say something (by mistake) that upsets, humiliates, or embarrasses someone

Example: Carla put her foot right in it when she congratulated her neighbour on being pregnant. It turns out she's not expecting but had just put on weight. Read on

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