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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
References in classic literature ?
"Why, if you are angry because you want to do magical things and can't, and if you don't want to get angry at all, my advice is not to want to do magical things."
And the King paced up and down his cavern more angry than before.
Finally, he remembered how angry he was, and cried out:
Yet General Blug was a trifle uneasy when he arrived and saw how angry the Nome King was.
Ajax son of Telamon was more angry than any, for the man had fallen close beside him; so he aimed at Polydamas as he was retreating, but Polydamas saved himself by swerving aside and the spear struck Archelochus son of Antenor, for heaven counselled his destruction; it struck him where the head springs from the neck at the top joint of the spine, and severed both the tendons at the back of the head.
At last the bull was angry, and it saw the horse before it.
"My poor good man," said she, "why is Neptune so furiously angry with you?
Then, as children rejoice when their dear father begins to get better after having for a long time borne sore affliction sent him by some angry spirit, but the gods deliver him from evil, so was Ulysses thankful when he again saw land and trees, and swam on with all his strength that he might once more set foot upon dry ground.
If, on the other hand, I swim further in search of some shelving beach or harbour, a hurricane may carry me out to sea again sorely against my will, or heaven may send some great monster of the deep to attack me; for Amphitrite breeds many such, and I know that Neptune is very angry with me."
"But the core I will not eat!" cried Pinocchio in an angry tone.
Rose looked at him with an embarrassment that made him angry with Philip.
He was angry with himself, and when Sharp came in a little while afterwards he seized upon the first opportunity to quarrel with him.
[USA], Aug 9 (ANI): The release date of upcoming animated feature 'Angry Birds 2' has been preponed to August 13.
Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) said they knows why Namibians are angry adding that SWAPO party has completely destroyed the country the people fought so long and hard to liberate.
Anita the alligator feels angry because things are going to change, she is going to have a new baby brother.