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foam at the mouth

1. Literally, to produce foam from one's mouth, as due to a disease or other ailment. All of a sudden she collapsed in a fit, convulsing and foaming at the mouth.
2. Figuratively, to be viciously and uncontrollably angry or upset. The protesters had formed outside the courthouse, foaming at the mouth as the alleged murderer made his way up the steps.
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foam at the mouth

 
1. Lit. to create froth or foam around the mouth, as with some diseases. The poor dog was foaming at the mouth and looked quite dangerous. What does it mean when a cow foams at the mouth?
2. Fig. to be extraordinarily angry. She was almost foaming at the mouth when she heard about the cost of the car repairs. Walter was foaming at the mouth with rage.
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foam at the mouth

Be extremely angry, as in She was foaming at the mouth over the judge's ruling. This hyperbolic term uses the verb foam in the sense of "froth at the mouth," a usage generally applied to animals such as horses and dating from about a.d. 950. [1400s]
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froth at the mouth

1. If someone foams at the mouth or froths at the mouth, they are very angry. Stewart was still foaming at the mouth about the incident when we spoke. The mere mention of `political correctness' is enough to cause journalists to froth at the mouth.
2. If someone foams at the mouth or froths at the mouth, they are very excited about something. The news that the team's top player is up for sale at the end of the season has got Premier League bosses foaming at the mouth in excitement. A new vintage home store has got A-list celebrities frothing at the mouth with excitement. Note: To foam or froth at the mouth literally means to produce a lot of foam or froth in the form of saliva. This is associated especially with having the disease rabies.
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foam at the ˈmouth

(informal) be extremely angry: He stood there foaming at the mouth. I’ve never seen anybody so angry.
If an animal foams at the mouth, it has a mass of small bubbles in and around its mouth, especially because it is very ill or angry.
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Teenager Aaron Thistlethwaite had drunk a bottle of Sambuca and was foaming at the mouth when he was arrested, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Close to tears she told the coroner he was not feeding, sleepy and foaming at the mouth during the day.
DARTS dominates the sporting landscape today and arrers fans are foaming at the mouth with excitement as they look forward to four cracking Premier League bouts in Bournemouth, writes Steve Palmer.
We'd been led to believe the country was filled with rabid dogs, foaming at the mouth, just waiting to leap out and bite an unwary British schoolchild on French exchange.
DIFFICULT to understand the foaming at the mouth over Stephen Byers's plan to overhaul inheritance tax.
I bet Luciano Pavarotti was foaming at the mouth as well.
He said: 'He was foaming at the mouth and took up an aggressive stance.
Ludlow Magistrates' Court was told how Mr Walker, who was 51 at the time of the incident in June 1999, started foaming at the mouth after unwittingly drinking the pesticide to relieve his thirst as he worked to renovate a shed.
For the next few years, it's going to be eight per cent on the bills each year, which had Sinn Fein and the DUP foaming at the mouth.
Pip, an eight-year-old bulldog, was left foaming at the mouth and struggling for air following the attack yesterday afternoon.
But the very idea of a mansion tax, that those living in houses worth more than PS2million might pay a little bit more, has the Tories foaming at the mouth and up on their pinstripes, squealing and squawking about how we mustn't be nasty to the rich.
ONE thing I always find puzzling about people foaming at the mouth at the thought of the euro, why is it that 320 million people have it as a currency and the world hasn't ended?
Friend Amy Stereo told Cardiff magistrates she had been asked by him to look at the dogs who were foaming at the mouth.
Instead, though, the public houses of Britain will be full of ladies foaming at the mouth at the sight of Jason White and Paul O'Connell running around the fields of France.
He was foaming at the mouth and ears and his dad, who was a large guy, was in tears, just praying for him to breathe,' said Mr Caulfield.