a bee in (one's) bonnet

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a bee in (one's) bonnet

An obsession, often with something that is strange or a source of agitation. Ever since the blizzard last year, Dad has had a bee in his bonnet about moving to a warmer climate. It seems that Mike still has a bee in his bonnet over the criticism he got in the staff meeting.
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bee in one's bonnet

a single idea or a thought that remains in one's mind; an obsession. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give one ~.) I have a bee in my bonnet over that cool new car I saw, and I can't stop thinking about it. I got a bee in my bonnet about swimming. I just wanted to go swimming all the time.
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bee in one's bonnet

A strange idea or notion; also, an idea that is harped on, an obsession. For example, Bill's got a bee in his bonnet about burglars; he's always imagining strange noises. This term, which replaced the earlier have bees in one's head, transfers the buzzing of a bee inside one's hat to a weird idea in one's head. [Second half of 1600s]
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a bee in (one's) bonnet

1. An impulse to do something; a notion.
2. An obsession.
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Paire got a bee in his bonnet with Brazilian umpire Carlos Bernardes over line calls, turned up the volume when he smashed his racquet against his chair, and in a McEnroe-esque rant told the official: "You are a zero!" The only thing Paire did not whinge about was an eight-minute delay in the final set when a spectator was treated by medics after collapsing in the baking heat of south London.
It seems he had a bee in his bonnet about the media from the outset - presumably because his previous conviction for battering a pensioner to death with a hammer in the 1990s had been reported and is the kind of offence which doesn't make you many friends, even in prison.
DR Carl Clowes may have a "bee in his bonnet" [John Idris Jones - It's So Safe I'd Bury It Under My House] but we need to be grateful for the "bee" as it is based on vast professional experience, including: 1) Post-graduate studies at the Christie Hospital, Manchester, one of the world's leading cancer hospitals 2) A 'Response to Radiation Incidents' for the NHS in Scotland 3) Medical director in the NHS 4) Visiting Fukushima twice and seeing at first-hand the ravages of the nuclear explosions on that community He has worked tirelessly to create employment in rural Wales and to suggest otherwise does no favours to those who have argued such.
With a bee in his bonnet, he picks up his girlfriend's phone and is puzzled to see a Spanish number.
SELLY Oak MP Steve McCabe has a bee in his bonnet - over the plight of the area's most endangered insects.
Dubai One of India's greatest couturiers, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, has got a bee in his bonnet about what he calls Bollywood's "polyester brigade".
Once he gets a bee in his bonnet about something, he won't let go.
I am grateful our MP doesn't have a bee in his bonnet about nationalists, and is not continually gunning for our police force at every conceivable opportunity, usually quite erroneously.
Colin Dunne, the world champion Irish dancer who saved the day for Riverdance in 1995 when he jumped into the shoes of an abdicating Michael Flatley hours before curtain-up, has a bee in his bonnet. The dark-haired virtuoso who subsequently enjoyed a three-year stint starring in the show, which catapulted traditional Irish dancing onto an international platform, speaks like an artist in the middle of some risky and as yet unspecified work-in-progress.
Cook had a bee in his bonnet because he was demoted.
ALASTAIR Campbell really has a bee in his bonnet about me, simpered Carole Caplin, Cherie Blair's fruitcake "lifestyle guru".
Anyone reading Robert Kuttner's Everything for Sale: The Virtues and Limits of Markets will probably be left with one burning question: Who put the huge bee in his bonnet?
A German astronomer, Jacob Bartsch, didn't have the same bee in his bonnet. In 1624 he renamed the group Vespa, the Wasp, and by the time we get to Hevelius, the bug loses its sting.