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browned off

slang Angered. I am so browned off by her selfish behavior!
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browned off

Very angry, as in When she locked me out I was really browned off. This expression originated as Royal Air Force slang for "disgusted" and "depressed" in the late 1930s and had crossed the Atlantic by World War II. It gradually came to be used more widely as a slangy synonym for "infuriated." One theory for its origin, mentioned by Eric Partridge in his slang dictionary, is that it alludes to brass buttons on a uniform turning brown from lack of polishing. Partridge noted, however, that the "predominant Army opinion" was that the word had the same literal meaning as buggered.
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ˌbrowned ˈoff (with somebody/something)

(also ˌbrassed ˈoff (with somebody/something)) (British English, informal) bored, unhappy and/or annoyed: By now the passengers were getting browned off with the delay.
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browned (off)

mod. angry. I am really browned off at you!
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I FEEL thoroughly browned off this and it's not yet 12 o'clock
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Cheesed off with chicken and browned off with beef?
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But far from getting browned off, the regular sewer cleaners go about their dirty daily routine with gusto, describing their bizarre underground discoveries with great relish.
When that happened, I got a bit browned off with running for the first time ever, which was down to the disappointment of missing the Olympics more than anything I suppose.