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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Having a bee in your bonnet about collecting general refuse every week does not empower you to order local authorities to do so.
Obviously, you have a bee in your bonnet about something and feel that generalisation and sarcasm are the route to your own salvation.
Rex, be a neutral critic or no critic at all; you seem to have a bee in your bonnet about Pete Price.
You might get a bee in your bonnet and two people are arguing about something, and it becomes about something else, but when you look at it in the cold light of the next day, it's not that important.