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Emotional pain caused by or related to upsetting or traumatic experiences that one has endured earlier in life. We all carry emotional baggage with us as we go through life, but learning to deal with those fears and insecurities is how we grow as people. It quickly became clear that the woman I was dating had been carrying a lot of baggage that I was just not prepared to deal with. I know you think you have a lot of baggage from your divorce, but who wouldn't? That's such a hard thing to have to go through.
See also: baggage
be on an emotional roller coaster
To be experiencing swift and sudden changes in one's mood or feelings, similar to the movement of a roller coaster at an amusement park. I'm on an emotional roller coaster watching this movie—one minute, I'm laughing, then the next I'm crying! Before my mood disorder was diagnosed, I felt like I was constantly on an emotional roller coaster.
be tired and emotional
To be drunk. (A semi-polite or humorous euphemism.) Primarily heard in UK. I might be mistaken, but did it seem to you like Sean's father was a bit tired and emotional at the picnic? You must excuse me, I'm a bit tired and emotional just now. I think I'd best be going home to bed.
An affair in which two people who are attracted to each other (and at least one of whom is in a committed romantic relationship with someone else) engage in a relationship that is emotionally intimate but not sexually or physically intimate. My husband spends so much time with his best friend from work that I'm worried he's having an emotional affair with her.
Exhaustion from excessive emotional stress or strain, especially such that one can no longer maintain a particular level of performance or dedication. Therapists are especially prone to emotional burnout, given that they constantly provide support to people in their darkest and most difficult moments.
1. Someone who is unable or finds it difficult to form or express emotions, thus hindering their ability to properly relate to other people. Raised by a single father who was at best distant and at worst abusive, Jonathan grew up a cold, emotional cripple, with no friends or companions.
2. Someone who has become incompetent, indecisive, socially alienated, helpless, or apathetic due to an overwhelming and debilitating experience or abundance of negative emotions. My anxiety has left me an emotional cripple—I can do little more than make myself breakfast each day.
emotional support animal
A pet officially certified by a doctor or mental health professional to travel with one in order to provide some manner of comfort or emotional support (typically relating to a mental health condition). Can I bring my emotional support animal with me on the plane?
emotional support dog/cat/etc.
A pet officially certified by a doctor or mental health professional to travel with one in order to provide some manner of comfort or emotional support (typically relating to a mental health condition). The specific type of animal is named after "support" Can I bring my emotional support cat with me on the plane?
on an emotional roller coaster
Experiencing swift and sudden changes in one's mood or feelings, similar to the movement of a roller coaster at an amusement park. This movie has me on an emotional roller coaster—one minute, I'm laughing, then the next I'm crying! Before my mood disorder was diagnosed, I felt like I was constantly on an emotional roller coaster.
tired and emotional
A semi-polite or humorous euphemism for drunkenness. Primarily heard in UK. I might be mistaken, but Sean's father looked a bit tired and emotional at the picnic, didn't he? You must excuse me, I'm a bit tired and emotional just now. I think I'd best be going home.
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beyond some emotional response
in too extreme a state to feel or care. Do what you want. You have hurt me so much, I am beyond caring. The dying patient is beyond feeling. It doesn't matter now.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
tired and emotionaldrunk.
This is a humorous euphemism, used originally in newspapers in contexts where the word drunk would lay the publication open to a libel charge. It is particularly associated with the British satirical magazine Private Eye.
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