burst a blood vessel

burst/bust a blood vessel

  (informal)
1. to use a lot of effort doing something I'd like the designs as soon as possible, but don't bust a blood vessel!
2. to become very angry and start shouting He nearly burst a blood vessel when he heard what they'd done to his car.
See also: blood, burst, vessel
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He burst a blood vessel and was dirty afterwards, but we seem to have got things right again and we're looking forward to what is a retrieval mission," Robbie Power, on board both Grade 1 winners yesterday, takes the ride as he seeks compensation for their last-fence mishap at Christmas.
RIVER LIANE burst a blood vessel when finishing down the field in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle won by Crack Away Jack, trainer Tom Cooper revealed yesterday.
They say after a horse has burst a blood vessel it can just take a run for them to get their confidence back, and maybe that's the case.
A south Wales TV producer who crashed his car into a wall was later found to have burst a blood vessel in his brain.
But his dreams were shattered when he burst a blood vessel in his leg.
The biggest clue to those Gold Cup performances came at Liverpool in 1997, when he burst a blood vessel badly early on in a race.
Pop Prince Justin Timberlake looked like he was about to burst a blood vessel at a basketball game in Los Angeles.
Rizeena would have been seeking to reaffirm Brittain's unwavering belief in her following a disappointing seventh in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier this month, but she burst a blood vessel at exercise on the Al Bahathri Polytrack yesterday morning.
Pipe was also upbeat despite the reverse, saying, "He's burst a blood vessel and Tony has just eased him home once he knew there was a problem.
Ned Kelly was subsequently found to have burst a blood vessel.
Venetia Williams, trainer of Nobunaga "He burst a blood vessel last time but he still ran well.
We've scoped him since and he's scoped really dirty and he burst a blood vessel as well, so he's got loads of excuses.
Horses that have burst definitely carry a bit of a stigma with them," says Evan Williams, who trained Deep Purple to win three Grade 2 chases having previously burst a blood vessel.
Elliott explained that he burst a blood vessel when disappointing on the second run and he hoped that lasix would prevent that today.
Deirdre looks like she might burst a blood vessel every time she opens her mouth and I can't even bring myself to talk about Shelley and Charlie.