flip (one's) lid

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flip (one's) lid

1. To react to something with strong emotion. The reaction can be to something positive or negative. I had to talk to Mr. Myers about the botched report today, and boy, did he flip his lid. I knew Aunt June would be excited to hear I'm getting married, but she totally flipped her lid!
2. To go insane. Used humorously. Everyone thought I'd flipped my lid when I quit my lucrative marketing job and moved to India.
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flip one's lid

Also, flip one's wig; flip out. React very strongly or wildly, as with anger, surprise, or excitement; also, go crazy. For example, I'm going to flip my lid if he doesn't show up, or She really flipped out when she realized that she had won first prize, or I think Rob has flipped his wig. These slangy expressions, with their allusion to losing the top of one's head, date from the 1930s and 1940s.
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flip your lid

INFORMAL
If someone flips their lid, they become extremely angry or upset or go mad. Rosa flipped her lid and the confrontation with Sandra turned into a furious fight. She said, `Mom, I think you've flipped your lid.'
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flip your lid

suddenly go mad or lose your self-control. informal
A chiefly US variant of this phrase is flip your wig .
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flip your ˈlid

(American English also flip your ˈwig) (informal)
1 become very angry: When he saw the damage to his car, he flipped his lid.
2 go mad; become mentally ill: After the divorce, she just flipped her lid. She was in hospital for months.
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flip (one's) lid

Slang
1. To react strongly, as with anger or enthusiasm.
2. To go crazy.
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The winger, who saw Keane flip his lid with a team-mate at Celtic, knows just how demanding the Cork man was on the training ground as a player and insists he can see signs of it bubbling through as a coach.
I expected him to flip his lid, that there would be trouble, that he would come looking for Chris.
We don't need to place bets about when Fergie's going to flip his lid about the treatment of Manchester United players.
THERE have been occasions when Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has been known to flip his lid and toss tea-cups around in the team's dressing room if something on the field of dreams failed to please him.
The off-chance that Ooh Ah Eric might flip his lid again managed to attract a sell-out 25,000-plus crowd, to give the Dons their biggest gate-receipt bonanza for four years.