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be fit to burst (with some emotion)
informal To experience such an extreme degree of some emotion as to be nearly uncontrollable. Primarily heard in UK. Dad was fit to burst with anger after he saw the dent in his car. The kids are so excited to go to Disney World that they're simply fit to burst! We were fit to burst with pride as we watched our daughter receive her degree.
blanch with (an emotion)
To become visibly pale as a result of feeling a particular emotion. All of my friends ran into the creepy haunted house, but I blanched with fear when I saw it. Stella blanched with disgust at the plate of cooked ants that had been set before her.
See also: blanch
blind with (something)
1. Literally, having one's vision obscured or impaired by something. I stumbled out of the room blind with tears after Sean told me that our relationship was over. We pressed on through the desert, blind with the sand and dust kicked up by the wind.
2. Having one's ability to think rationally or logically impaired by something, especially an intense emotion. I was so blind with rage that I struck him in the face before I could control what I was doing. A: "He's moving to a different country because of some girl he met?" B: "Yeah. It seems a bit rash to me—I guess he's just blind with love."
See also: blind
blinded by (something)
1. Literally, having one's vision obscured or impaired by something. I stumbled out of the room blinded by tears after Sean told me that our relationship was over. We pressed on through the desert, blinded by the sand and dust kicked up by the wind.
2. Having one's ability to think rationally or logically impaired by something, especially an intense emotion. I was so blinded by rage that I struck him in the face before I could control what I was doing. A: "He's moving to a different country because of some girl he met?" B: "Yeah. It seems a bit rash to me—I guess he's just blinded by love."
boil with (an emotion)
To express or feel an emotion, typically anger, very intensely. Things are often tense between my mom and my aunt, so when they had to spend days together on our family vacation, they were soon boiling with anger. When I saw that someone had backed into my new car, I immediately boiled with rage.
See also: boil
bristle with anger
To react with sudden anger. I bristled with anger when I found out that we had lost the deal.
bristle with rage
To show sudden anger. I bristled with rage when I saw that someone had hit my car overnight.
bubble over with (something)
To exhibit or express some emotion that one is unable to contain. The best teachers are the ones who bubble over with enthusiasm for their subjects. I could tell that he was bubbling over with anger, so I brought him outside to help him calm down a bit. The kids always bubble over with excitement on the last day of school before summer.
burst with (an emotion)
Of an emotion, to be so filled up with something as to be unable to contain it. I was bursting with anger after they fired me from my job. My kids burst with joy when we told them we were going to the theme park over the weekend.
See also: burst
cage of anger
A state of intense anger or rage that inhibits one's ability to forgive others or move on with one's life. Tom has been trapped in a cage of anger ever since his wife and child were killed, lashing out at everyone and everything around him. I know what she did was horrible, but you can't stay in this cage of anger your whole life.
eaten up with (something)
Obsessed, overcome, or preoccupied with some negative emotion. I've been eaten up with anger ever since I found out that my co-worker totally sabotaged me for that promotion. I'm really worried about Wendy—she's still eaten up with guilt over what happened.
express (one's) anger
To release or share one's anger in some way. I express a lot of my anger in therapy. He never expressed his anger to me, so I had no idea he was so unhappy.
fire (one) with (an emotion)
To cause one to feel a particular emotion. Overhearing Tim's nasty comments about me fired me with anger. I was having a rough day until thoughts of our upcoming beach vacation fired me with joy.
See also: fire
fire in anger
To intentionally fire a weapon with the aim of causing destruction or injury. Once you boys are on the battlefield, you'll know that the time for practice shots is over. You've got to fire in anger now! The prosecutor argued that the defendant had fired in anger, not in self-defense, as she claimed.
fit to burst (with some emotion)
informal Experiencing such an extreme degree of some emotion as to be nearly uncontrollable. Primarily heard in UK. Dad looked fit to burst with anger after he saw the dent in his car. The kids are so excited to go to Disney World that they're simply fit to burst!
flame with (an emotion)
Of the eyes, to seem to convey a particular feeling or emotion with intensity. Callie's eyes flamed with anger when I accused her of cheating on the test. Of course John's interested in you—his eyes are practically flaming with desire every time he looks at you.
See also: flame
flash with (an emotion)
Of the eyes, to seem to convey a particular feeling or emotion with intensity. Callie's eyes flashed with anger when I accused her of cheating on the test. Of course John's interested in you—his eyes practically flash with desire every time he looks at you. Yeah, my mom knows you—her eyes flashed with recognition when I said your name.
See also: flash
more in sorrow than in anger
Primarily motivated by sadness, even though appearing angry. Oh, I'm sure she said that more in sorrow than in anger—she's still reeling from her husband's death, after all.
never let the sun go down on your anger
proverb Always make amends before the day is done; do not go to sleep angry. I know you're mad at him right now, but you should never let the sun go down on your anger.
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bristle with rageand bristle with anger; bristle with indignation
Fig. to demonstrate one's anger, rage, or displeasure with a strong negative response. (Alludes to a dog or cat raising the hair on its back in anger or as a threat.) She was just bristling with anger. I don't know what set her off. Walter bristled with rage as he saw the damage to his new car.
express one's anger
to allow a release or expression of anger, such as through angry words, violence, or talking out a problem. Don't keep your emotions inside of you. You have to learn to express your anger. Bob expresses his anger by yelling at people.
fire someone with angerand fire someone with enthusiasm; fire someone with hope; fire someone with expectations
Fig. [for someone's words] to fill someone with eagerness or the desire to do something. The speech fired the audience with enthusiasm for change. We were fired with anger to protest against the government.
flame with angerand flame with resentment; flame with lust; flame with vengeance
Fig. [for someone's eyes] to "blaze" or seem to communicate a particular quality or excitement, usually a negative feeling. His eyes flamed with resentment when he heard Sally's good news. Her eyes flamed with hatred.
flash with angerand flash with recognition; flash with eagerness
[for someone's eyes] to "glimmer" or seem to communicate a particular quality or excitement. Her green eyes flashed with anger. Ellen's eyes flashed with recognition when she saw me.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
more in sorrow than in anger
Saddened rather than infuriated by someone's behavior. For example, When Dad learned that Jack had stolen a car, he looked at him more in sorrow than in anger . This expression first appeared in 1603 in Shakespeare's Hamlet (1:2), where Horatio describes to Hamlet the appearance of his father's ghost: "A countenance more in sorrow than in anger."
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
more in sorrow than in angerwith regret or sadness rather than with anger.
This is taken from Hamlet. When Hamlet asks Horatio to describe the expression on the face of his father's ghost, Horatio replies ‘a countenance more in sorrow than in anger’.
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do something more in ˌsorrow than in ˈangerdo something because you feel sad or sorry rather than angry: They said they were threatening legal action more in sorrow than in anger.
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the cage of anger
n. a prison. (Streets.) The judge put JoJo into the cage of anger for a three-year stretch.
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