blow (one's) fuse(redirected from blew their fuse)
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blow (one's) fuse
To react furiously and/or violently, to the point of losing control of one's behavior. Mom totally blew her fuse when I told her I had failed math. Don't blow your fuse, it's just a tiny scratch on the car.
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blow one’s fuseverb
See blow a fuse
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blow one's top/stack/fuse, to
To lose one’s temper. The first two terms allude to clearing the stack of a ship by blowing air through it; the last refers to the sudden power stoppage when a fuse blows. All are slang from the first half of the twentieth century. Jane Smiley wrote in Horse Heaven (2000), “‘It’s kind of fun in a way. At least I get to blow my stack a lot and they don’t mind. Blowing your stack is the way they do things here.’”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer