lose (one's) head

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lose (one's) head

To lose one's composure and act emotionally or irrationally. You need to calm down before you talk to Larry. You don't want to lose your head before finding out his side of the story. I'm sorry, I lost my head out there. There's no excuse for what I said.
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lose one's head (over someone or something)

Fig. to become confused or overly emotional about someone or something. Don't lose your head over John. He isn't worth it. I'm sorry. I got upset and lost my head.
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lose one's head

see under keep one's head, def. 1.
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lose your head

COMMON If you lose your head, you panic and do not remain calm in a difficult situation. He warned the party not to lose its head, saying that it was not a `time for panic'. When he was questioned by the police, he completely lost his head, told a number of lies and forgot to mention one or two things that might have helped him. Compare with keep your head.
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lose your ˈhead

(informal) become unable to act in a calm or sensible way: It’s a very frightening situation, but we mustn’t lose our heads. OPPOSITE: keep a level head
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There are far more issues at stake beyond territorial disputes involving the three nations, however, and losing one's head due to nationalistic sentiment is akin to "getting drunk on cheap sake," famous writer Haruki Murakami wrote in Japan's Asahi Shimbun on Friday.
Indeed, because one significant form of courage, fortitude, involves enduring unavoidable adversity and great suffering without losing one's head or nerve, there is significant overlap between courage (in the form of fortitude) and patience (93-7).
Mulroney--who had been up to that point the one person who had talked to me about sex--was that desire had to be controlled be- cause otherwise the end result was tragic (mainly because it involved losing one's head and having sex).
But losing one's head at high volume is no way for an IT manager to motivate his or her troops.
With an emphasis on people, as well as the importance of being prepared and not losing one's head, "The Tazie Effect" is a unique method of teaching leadership and is highly recommended.
The Change Cycle: How People Can Survive and Thrive in Organizational Change" is a guide to dealing with change in the world of business without losing one's head.