dander up

dander up

To be angry. “Dander” is the particles of hair that break off an animal's hair (humans call it “dandruff” when it happens to us). “To get your dander up” calls to mind the hair that stands up on the nape of an enraged dog's neck. Another meaning of the word is the ferment used in making molasses; getting your dander up in that context suggests that your anger is rising the way yeast or any other leavening or fermenting agent does.
See also: dander, up
References in classic literature ?
He 'pears to know just how long he can torment me before I get my dander up, and he knows if he can make out to put me off for a minute or make me laugh, it's all down again and I can't hit him a lick.
Three winners and a friend will have their names left at the door tonight where you can dander up and go, "Here, I'm on the list big man" and thoroughly impress the queuing masses.
But what does get my dander up is the size of Ferguson and McGregor's bar bill, which it seems they paid without a blink.
However, what really gets my dander up is the misguided individuals who grants these applications planning permission.
Nevertheless, it's never too early to get the dander up.
Standard Grade success figures will no doubt spark debate, and the first ones to get their dander up will be Scots parents.
He still seemed to enjoy trying to get my dander up, and even though I no longer rose to them, his remarks hurt.
But they got Soutif's dander up to the point where he perversely wishes to deny his countryman the claims I made for his international stature.
He put a notice in the Fairhaven College bulletin - and got his dander up in the process.
But get the semi-retired diva's political dander up and she makes a beeline for the spotlight.
That got his dander up and he chased them in his dressing gown.
A New York City theatergoer has her dander up, claiming she was pawed and humiliated by a fur-costumed actor during a performance of ``Cats.