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froth 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 frothing at the mouth.
2. Figuratively, to be viciously and uncontrollably angry or upset. The protesters had formed outside the courthouse, frothing at the mouth as the alleged murderer made his way up the steps.
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froth (or foam) at the mouth

be very angry.
This phrase stems from the involuntary production of large amounts of saliva from the mouth during a seizure or fit.
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I attended the Mid-dleham open day and marked him down as a horse to follow simply because of his strange habit of frothing at the mouth.
Neither will his family, agents, advisers and assorted leeches frothing at the mouth to get a piece of the 14-year-old tipped as the hottest property in world football.
He whistled piccolos and warbled transverse flutes, singing, shouting, waving about like a madman, being in himself dancer and ballerina, singer and prima donna, all of them together and the whole orchestra, the whole theater; then redividing himself into twenty separate roles, running, stopping, glowing at the eyes like one possessed, frothing at the mouth.
With this, the jaw can be involved so there may be frothing at the mouth.
I keep getting red mists, frothing at the mouth, trembling, high blood pressure and, worst of all, spitting feathers.
The bandwagon jumpers must be frothing at the mouth at yet another mediahyped story that reinforces their beliefs that everyone who isn't in full-time, permanent employment is a waste of space.
It was sad the way the media were frothing at the mouth about it, as if there was going to be another PS50m signing like Fernando Torres a couple of years ago.
Drinkers were deserting their favourite town centre pubs leaving many landlords frothing at the mouth.
Yes, the Germans were lucky to beat the Turks, but if Lawrenson and the other sneering studio pundits had stopped frothing at the mouth for a minute, they would have realised that Germany had yet again qualified for the final of a major competition, even though they eventually lost.
But any apathy on this rainy night in Camden doesn't affect the fans, frothing at the mouth for lost classics such as Get Off and Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth.
But Mr Naiker told Merthyr Tydfil Coroner's Court he started frothing at the mouth and making funny noises.
Mrs Jennings described the defendant as frothing at the mouth, his eyes were glazed and he was ranting and raving.
And that would just be unpleasant for viewers, even though I'm sure Nicholas has got close to frothing at the mouth a few times.
Mrs Janet Smith, welfare assistant at the school, said Laura turned blue, began frothing at the mouth, and then stopped breathing.
He went into convulsions and he was frothing at the mouth,'' George said.