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throw (one's) bonnet over the windmill

To act in a deranged, reckless, or unconventional manner. Refers to the eponymous character of the novel Don Quixote, who tosses his hat over a windmill (which he imagines is a giant) as a challenge to it. Sarah is always trying to buck social conventions, throwing her bonnet over the windmill whenever possible. I know you like to take risks in business, but don't throw your bonnet over the windmill.
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fling (one's) bonnet over the windmill

To act in a deranged, reckless, or unconventional manner. Refers to the eponymous character of the novel Don Quixote, who tosses his hat over a windmill (which he imagines is a giant) as a challenge to it. Sarah is always trying to buck social conventions, flinging her bonnet over the windmill whenever possible. I know you like to take risks in business, but don't fling your bonnet over the windmill.
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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.
See also: bee, bonnet

have a bee in (one's) bonnet

To talk incessantly about something one thinks is important (often in spite of others' disinterest). 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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put a bee in someone's bonnet (about someone or something)

Fig. to give someone an idea about someone or something; to urge someone to do something. Julie put a bee in my bonnet about a way to solve our money problems. Sam put a bee in my bonnet about having a party for Jane. He put a bee in my bonnet about Jane. I'm glad he put a bee in my bonnet.
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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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have a bee in your bonnet

If you have a bee in your bonnet about a subject, you feel very strongly about it and keep talking about it. Daley has a bee in her bonnet about the state of popular music. There was no arguing with the boy when he'd got a bee in his bonnet. Note: This expression suggests that you think the subject that a person keeps talking about is not important. The expression is considered old-fashioned in American English. Note: Two images are suggested by this expression. The first is of thoughts moving around inside someone's head like bees. The second is of someone who has a bee trapped in their hat and is anxious to get it out before they are stung.
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have a bee in your bonnet

have an obsessive preoccupation with something. informal
This expression, along with have bees in the head or bees in the brain , was first used to refer to someone who was regarded as crazy or eccentric.
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have a ˈbee in your bonnet

(informal) think or talk about something all the time and believe that it is very important: Harry’s always going around opening windows. He’s got a bee in his bonnet about fresh air.
A bonnet is a hat tied with strings under the chin, worn by babies and, especially in the past, by women.
See also: bee, bonnet, have

a bee in (one's) bonnet

1. An impulse to do something; a notion.
2. An obsession.
See also: bee, bonnet
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Both men are wearing bonnets made of immature bald eagle tail feathers.
Seniors joined in the fun, too, and along with daffodils, spring lambs and newborn chicks the colourful bonnets were a sure sign that spring had well and truly arrived
Seniors joined in the fun, too, and along with daffodils, lambs and newborn chicks, the bonnets, blooms and bunnies were a sure sign that spring had well and truly arrived.
It's quite common for cats to find a warm resting place in the bonnets of cars.
IT'S Easter again, and thousands of children across the region have been beavering away (with a tiny bit of help from mum and possibly dad) to make spectacular bonnets.
She would put scarfs and other bonnets on her daughter's head to try and protect the hairstyle but they never seemed to stay.
EASTER bonnets were out in force at Stoke Primary School.
The tradition of Easter bonnets dates back to a time when people marked the end of Lent and fasting by digging out their finery and celebrating.
After selecting winners, there was a group walk to show off the bonnets.
L-R Peggy Roberts, Peggy Gittins, Florence MacMillan and Martha Wright, in 1976 Archery demonstration at Caernarfon Castle during the 1990 Easter bank holiday weekend Rebecca Brereton from Home Farm, Chirk, with lambs in plastic coats in 1988 Towyn Infants school pupils in their Easter bonnets in March 1997, pictured are Kimberly Taylor, Kelly Dunn, Cherish Bird and Jasmin Jones
DOZENS of tots donned Easter bonnets for a special school sing-song.
The Muscat Hills Ladies' Easter Bonnet tournament was played in a stroke play format over nine holes with the special condition all ladies to play with their festive bonnets on.
A LINE-UP of egg-cellent Easter bonnets were on display at Liverpool's Albert Dock.
And people everywhere over the years have got together to paint eggs, make bonnets and go on parades.
The idea is to have every new car fitted with these bonnets.