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angry young man

1. One of a group of 20th-century British authors whose works expressed disillusionment with conventional society. In this usage, the phrase is often capitalized. This author is considered an Angry Young Man, so what kinds of themes can we expect to find in this book?
2. By extension, a young man who rebels against traditional values and society. He's an angry young man, protesting against a government he thinks is unjust.
See also: angry, man, young

mad enough to chew nails

Seethingly angry; furious to the point of becoming irrational. I tell you, I was mad enough to chew nails when they told me they'd given the grant to that hack, Dr. Warner. The boss was mad enough to chew nails after he heard we'd lost the Jefferson account.
See also: chew, enough, mad, nail

mad enough to chew nails (and spit rivets)

 and angry enough to chew nails; mad enough to spit nails
Inf. Fig. very angry, as if to be able to bite through metal nails. I am mad enough to chew nails! Who took my checkbook? Her sudden tirade made him angry enough to chew nails. He stomped in, mad enough to chew nails and spit rivets.
See also: chew, enough, mad, nail

wax angry

 and wax wroth
Fig. to speak in anger and with indignity. Seeing the damage done by the careless children caused the preacher to wax wroth at their parents.
See also: angry, wax

angry young man

a young man who feels and expresses anger at the conventional values of the society around him.
Originally, this term referred to a member of a group of socially conscious writers in Britain in the 1950s, in particular the playwright John Osborne. The phrase, the title of a book ( 1951 ) by Leslie Paul , was used of Osborne in the publicity material for his play Look Back in Anger ( 1956 ), in which the characteristic views of the angry young men were articulated by the anti-hero Jimmy Porter .
See also: angry, man, young
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In a ranking of 100 cities, with 100th being the angriest, Manchester came in 59th, not quite as hotheaded as its baked-bean-loving neighbor to the south, which ranked 81st.
Compelling in its blunt eloquence, guardedly optimistic even at its angriest and most disappointed, Baldwin's 1962 reflections on the state of the black man in America is one of the most important works to have arisen from the heart of the Civil Rights Movement.
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In 2000, the New Yorker congratulated Sue Williams on her metamorphosis from "the angriest woman in the art world" to a "sort of blissed-out innocent," a feminist turned formalist (as if these terms were mutually exclusive) who nonetheless was still resigned to playing "Ginger Rogers" to Willem de Kooning's "Fred Astaire." Now, five years later, such insidiously sycophantic gender politics are all but displaced, even if it is hard to see Williams's recent work apart from her earlier agitprop exercises in aggressive desublimation.
churches should "firmly" resist the call to withdraw from the council, which is "intended to appease the angriest voices in the communion." The council's constitution "makes no provision for member churches to be 'uninvited,"' he noted.
I realize I have hurt my cousin in a way that I would not have intended at my angriest moment.
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How is bigger administration, with labyrinths nobody can comprehend or navigate, an improvement over crazy-quilt township and suburban governments?" Last year, when Ontario wanted Toronto to merge with its environs into a giant, New York-style megalopolis, she was one of the plan's angriest opponents, at one point suggesting the city consider seceding from the province.
The angriest, meanest ass-kicking letters we get from the public every week.
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