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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.
See also: conniption, have

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.
See also: fit, have

have a fit

also throw a fit
to become very upset or angry My mother had a fit when she saw the mess we'd made.
See also: fit, have

have a conniption fit

  (American old-fashioned)
to be very angry or upset My mother would have a conniption fit if she could see me now.
See also: conniption, fit, have

have/throw a fit

to be very angry My mother threw a fit when she saw the mess we'd made.
See fit on the back of a postage stamp, fit the bill, fit to drop
See also: fit, have

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.
See also: fit, have

conniption (fit)

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


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