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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NOT really sure why people are getting a bee in their bonnet over not knowing how much council money has gone into the new sports centre until it's built.
A few Tory backwoodsmen have a bee in their bonnet about May Day because of its association with International Labour Day.
17 WHEN former champions Neath get a bee in their bonnet then someone usually gets stung.
Rochdale had a real bee in their bonnet and set a very quick tempo - they got at us, put the ball into our half and worked us, especially their front two who didn't give our defenders any breathing space.
We treat the crowd as we'd treat our grannies and send them off home with a bee in their bonnet.
He's also filled his diary by promising to parley with a dozen MPs with a bee in their bonnet.
BEYONCE fans could well be left with a bee in their bonnets about Bey's new barnet.