a bee in (one's) bonnet

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a bee in (one's) bonnet

An obsession, often with something that is strange or a source of agitation. Ever since the blizzard last year, dad has had a bee in his bonnet about moving to a warmer climate. It seems that Mike still has a bee in his bonnet over the criticism he got in the staff meeting.
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bee in one's bonnet

a single idea or a thought that remains in one's mind; an obsession. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give one ~.) I have a bee in my bonnet over that cool new car I saw, and I can't stop thinking about it. I got a bee in my bonnet about swimming. I just wanted to go swimming all the time.
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bee in one's bonnet

A strange idea or notion; also, an idea that is harped on, an obsession. For example, Bill's got a bee in his bonnet about burglars; he's always imagining strange noises. This term, which replaced the earlier have bees in one's head, transfers the buzzing of a bee inside one's hat to a weird idea in one's head. [Second half of 1600s]
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a bee in (one's) bonnet

1. An impulse to do something; a notion.
2. An obsession.
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References in classic literature ?
A swelled- headed nigger, with a bee in his bonnet, is one of the worst difficulties in the world to deal with.
SELLY Oak MP Steve McCabe has a bee in his bonnet - over the plight of the area's most endangered insects.
A TYNESIDE MP has a bee in his bonnet over chemicals which may be killing the furry insects.
Anthony obviously had a bee in his bonnet about the whole thing," said O Se of the Sunday Game pundit, left.
Dubai One of India's greatest couturiers, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, has got a bee in his bonnet about what he calls Bollywood's "polyester brigade".
Colin Dunne, the world champion Irish dancer who saved the day for Riverdance in 1995 when he jumped into the shoes of an abdicating Michael Flatley hours before curtain-up, has a bee in his bonnet.
ALASTAIR Campbell really has a bee in his bonnet about me, simpered Carole Caplin, Cherie Blair's fruitcake "lifestyle guru".
Back in February 1977, the then-Leeds United manager Jimmy Armfield had a bee in his bonnet about the amount of football being shown on television.
But DCI Burke refuses to hone in on that theory because he's got a bee in his bonnet about a possible suspect.