be spitting feathers

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be spitting feathers

1. slang To be thirsty. Come on, man, I'm spitting feathers here—can't we stop for a drink?
2. To be strongly expressing one's anger, typically verbally. Unless you want to get yelled at, stay away from the boss today—he's spitting feathers over that printing mishap.
See also: feather, spit
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be spitting feathers

If someone is spitting feathers, they are very angry. Trainer Neville Callaghan was spitting feathers over the incident.
See also: feather, spit
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IN a piece about setting records, earlier this week, I said Kim Kardashian, the queen of selfpromotion, would be spitting feathers after an American chap set a Guinness World Record by taking 204 selfies with different people in three minutes.
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