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chuck a wobbly

To suddenly become very upset or intensely angry and make a big display of it. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. John chucked a wobbly at work after the boss criticized his report. Needless to say, he won't be welcome back in the office on Monday.
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throw a wobbler

To suddenly become very upset or intensely angry and make a big display of it. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. John threw a wobbler at work after the boss criticized his report. Needless to say, he won't be coming back in on Monday.
See also: throw, wobbler

throw a wobbly

To suddenly become very upset or intensely angry and make a big display of it. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. John threw a wobbly at work after the boss criticized his report. Needless to say, he won't be welcome back in the office on Monday.
See also: throw, wobbly
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throw a wobbly

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throw a wobbler

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone throws a wobbly or throws a wobbler, they lose their temper and get very angry, usually about something unimportant. I can't even mention the problem to Peter because I know he'll just throw a wobbly. I'm sure a lot of other girls of her age would have thrown a wobbler about it and made a big fuss, but not Catherine.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

throw a wobbly

have a fit of temper or panic. British informal
2000 Sunday Business Post The scene in which Dustin Hoffman's autistic character throws a wobbly in the airport had never quite left me.
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Astonishingly, Wobblies, renowned for their erratic management of both labour matters and membership grievances, thrived in Philadelphia during the Progressive Era.
Wobblies & Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History
Yet, organizers often employed ethnic and racial slurs in their propaganda, and a series of violent incidents involving hoboes and IWW members, white and black, effectively killed any real campaign, although there were glimmers of hope: one group of black men accused by Wobbly harvest hands of robbing them landed in jail, where they met more Wobblies. The next morning in the courtroom, the Wobbly witnesses failed to recognize the accused men, who, by this time, were Wobblies too.
Foremost among these factors was the lack of solidarity fostered by the craft structure of the A.F.L., as well as by the labor movement's divisive and exclusionary stance toward women, Asian-Americans, African-Americans, Wobblies and Communists.
How pleased I was then in the beginning of the 1990s to follow the work of Nigel Anthony Sellars on the IWW in Oklahoma, first published as an article, "Wobblies in the Oil Field: The Repression of the Industrial Workers of the World in Oklahoma," in An Oklahoma I had Never Seen Before: Alternative Views of Oklahoma History, edited by Davis D.
He was an atypical member of the working class: relatively few workers became Wobblies and few Wobblies became spies.
On one side was a local whose roots went back to the Wobblies. On the other was a famous company (the makers of Spam) determined to get concessions from its work force, despite record profits of $38.6 million, in order to compete with meatpacking rivals that it saw reducing labor costs.
From the reformist hopes of Rhode Island Knights of Labor in the 1880s to the radical aspirations of Wobblies and anarchists pre-World War I right up to the self-management experiment of a Madison, Wisconsin newspaper in the 1970s, Paul Buhle illuminates the role of social movements, whether local, national, or international, in raising the banner of militant idealism.
Methinks it's getting time to unleash the old Sabby Cat, as the Wobblies, those most excellent labor anarchists, called creative explorations in direct action.
As with a ballroom competition, Amy's couple of wobblies could cost them dearly when it comes to winning, and her reaction to the kissing competition led to loads of gentlemanly apology from Curtis to get them literally up and dancing together again like pros.
So to all the paddywacks throwing wobblies because they can't, and didn't, get their own way, grow up!
This chronological study shows that the Wobblies of the Pacific Northwest were not only single men but also single women, as well as husband and wife couples, active in Seattle, Portland, and Spokane, with activities often centered in IWW halls that served as family and community centers.
His grass-roots organizing efforts for IWW locals bore fruit, and his notoriety among Wobblies swelled, placing him on the General Executive Board in 1911.
* The Wobblies, or Industrial Workers of the World, were a labor union.