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be on the warpath

slang To be overtly angry and/or looking for retribution. The phrase is potentially offensive, as it references a Native American war practice. I'd avoid the boss if I were you—he's on the warpath and screaming at everyone he sees.
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on the warpath

Extremely angry and seeking retribution. I'd avoid the boss if I were you—he's been on the warpath since he found out we lost the Jefferson account.
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on the warpath

very angry. The boss is on the warpath again. Watch out! l am on the warpath about setting goals and standards again.
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on the warpath

Furious and on a hostile course of action, as in When the meat wasn't delivered, the chef went on the warpath. This expression was an English translation of a Native American term that literally means "a path used by a war party." Go on the war path thus meant "go to battle." It was used in this way by James Fenimore Cooper in The Deerslayer (1841); its present hyperbolic use dates from the late 1800s.
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on the warpath

If someone is on the warpath, they are very angry and getting ready for an argument or fight. Nolan was on the warpath after reading a bad review of his restaurant. The message is that consumers are on the warpath — and governments should beware. Note: Native Americans were said to be `on the warpath' when they were on an expedition to attack their enemies. The warpath was the path or route that they took.
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on the warpath

ready and eager for confrontation.
The phrase originated with reference to American Indians heading towards a battle with an enemy.
1999 Cricketer This summer, England are on the warpath against New Zealand in a four test series.
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be/go on the ˈwarpath

(informal) be angry and ready for an argument or a fight about something: Look out — the boss is on the warpath again!In the past, if Native Americans were on the warpath, they were going to war or preparing to attack somebody.
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on the warpath

mod. very angry. I am on the warpath about setting goals and standards again.
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