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have a conniption fit

To become very or unreasonably angry or upset; to have an outburst of rage, frustration, or ill temper. My mom's going to have a conniption fit when she sees what happened to the car! I was so embarrassed when Danny started having a conniption fit in the grocery store.
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have a fit

To become very or unreasonably angry or upset; to have an outburst of rage, frustration, or ill temper. My mom's going to have a fit when she sees what happened to the car! I was so embarrassed when Danny started having a fit in the grocery store.
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have a conniption (fit)

Rur. to get angry or hysterical. (See also have a fit) I got so mad I thought I was going to have a conniption. My father had a conniption fit when I got home this morning.
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have a fit

 and throw a fit
to be very angry; to show great anger. The teacher had a fit when the dog ran through the classroom. John threw a fit when he found his car had been damaged.
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have a fit

Also, have fits or a conniption fit ; take or throw a fit ; have kittens. Become extremely upset. For example, She'll have a fit when she sees Anne wearing the same dress, or Mom had a conniption fit when she heard about the broken mirror, or Don't take a fit-the car's not really damaged, or Jill was having kittens over the spoiled cake. One can also give someone a fit or fits , as in His dithering about punctuation is enough to give me fits. Fit and fits, along with conniption fit, have been used in hyperbolic expressions to denote a bout of hysterics since the 1830s; throw a fit was first recorded in 1906, and have a fit in 1924; have kittens, alluding to being so upset as to bear kittens, also dates from about 1900.
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have a fit


throw a fit

COMMON If someone has a fit or throws a fit, they become very angry and upset. Note: In the first two idioms here, `fit' means healthy and full of energy. Mum will have a fit when he hears about this. She threw a fit when she found me in the dressing room.
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conniption (fit)

n. a burst of anger; a spaz. He had a conniption fit over the question of my marriage to Fred.
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