up in arms


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*up in arms

 
1. Fig. in armed rebellion. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) The entire population is up in arms. They are up in arms, ready to fight.
2. Fig. very angry. (Fig. on {2}, but without weapons. *Typically: be ~; get ~.) Wally was up in arms about the bill for the broken window. I am really up in arms about what happened.
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up in arms

very angry Local businessmen are up in arms over the new parking regulations which will make shopping very inconvenient for customers.
Usage notes: often followed by a phrase beginning with over, as in the example, or about: Why aren't we up in arms about children who are not being educated?
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up in arms

Angry, rebellious, as in The town was up in arms over the state's plan to allow commercial flights at the air base . This idiom originally referred to an armed rebellion and was so used from the late 1500s. Its figurative use dates from about 1700.
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up in arms

mod. angry; excited. The whole town was up in arms about the planned highway.
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up in arms

Extremely upset; indignant.
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