blow (one's) stack(redirected from blow their stacks)
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blow (one's) stack
To become very angry, often quickly. Oh man, Dad is going to blow his stack when he sees that I wrecked his car!
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blow your stackmainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you blow your stack, you become very angry with someone and shout at them. My father really blew his stack when I told him. Now, whenever I feel like I'm going to scream or blow my stack or punch the wall, I head for my quiet place.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
blow one’s stackverb
See blow a fuse
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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