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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 (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 .
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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.
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The woman who was angriest with me," Aarons recalled, "was a woman who complained that I would make it more difficult for her to get restaurant reservations.
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Williams stars in the CBS series "The Crazy Ones" and the film "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn," which was released in May.
Williams stars in the CBS series ''The Crazy Ones'' and the film ''The Angriest Man in Brooklyn,'' which was released in May.
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