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burst a blood vessel

1. To put forth great effort towards some goal or end. Annabelle practically burst a blood vessel cleaning the whole house and setting up all the guest rooms for you guys, and you don't even appreciate it!
2. To become angry and begin yelling. The boss burst a blood vessel when he heard that the printer still hadn't finished our order.
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ˌburst a ˈblood vessel

(informal) get very angry and excited: When I told Dad I’d damaged the car, he nearly burst a blood vessel.
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Horses can come back after bursting a blood vessel and be as good as ever, but they are also more likely to suffer a recurrence of a problem.
Mr Mayer contends a consultant told him that he was lucky to have escaped bursting a blood vessel in his head.
Atkinson said: "I'd be bursting a blood vessel to persuade Richard to give us another season.
The two Gold Cup contenders became the latest in a steadily growing list of horses to return to the peak of their athletic prowess after bursting a blood vessel, due in no small part to the greater understanding of the ailment that befell both in March.
The seven-year-old was second favourite with most firms for the Arkle before pulling up at Warwick, having got worked up after the race was delayed and then bursting a blood vessel.
SOLDAT, who held an entry in the Martell Grand National, has died after bursting a blood vessel on the gallops.