fighting mad

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fighting mad

Extremely and aggressively angry; incensed. The guy got fighting mad when the waiter spilled wine on him, threatening to punch his lights out! I was fighting mad after the accident. The other driver didn't even apologize!
See also: fight, mad
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fighting mad

Infuriated. This colloquial expression of American origin dates from the late nineteenth century. William James used it in a letter of 1896: “If any other country’s ruler had expressed himself with equal moral ponderosity, wouldn’t the population have gone twice as fighting-mad as ours?”
See also: fight, mad
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