be/go on the warpath

be on the warpath

slang To be overtly angry and/or looking for retribution. One of many expressions often considered offensive for making reference to Native American stereotypes or tropes. I'd avoid the boss if I were you—he's on the warpath and screaming at everyone he sees.
See also: on, warpath

go on the warpath

To be furious about something and determined to seek retribution or punishment for those responsible. The phrase can be considered offensive for making reference to Native American stereotypes or tropes. The boss really went on the warpath after our supplier refused to pay us. He said he's going to sue them into oblivion!
See also: go, on, warpath
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be/go on the ˈwarpath

(informal) be angry and ready for an argument or a fight about something: Look out — the boss is on the warpath again!In the past, if Native Americans were on the warpath, they were going to war or preparing to attack somebody.
See also: go, on, warpath
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