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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I've had a bee in my bonnet for a long time about every player being brought back into the box to defend corners.
I've had a bee in my bonnet for a while and it has built up for a couple of games.
And I have a bee in my bonnet about geography and maps.
She said: "I'm an ecologist by training and I had a bit of a bee in my bonnet about plastic bags and the long term problems they cause.
I have a real bee in my bonnet about personal hygiene, smelling nice, washing your hands, bathing, showering etc.
If I have a bee in my bonnet this time of year it is this: Celebrate Advent and then celebrate Christmas.
Regular readers will be aware I have a bee in my bonnet about shoddy English.