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blow a fuse

1. Literally, to suddenly lose power due to an overloaded electrical circuit. Well, we just blew a fuse—it seems that running the space heater, the coffee maker, and a blow dryer at the same time was not the best idea!
2. To react furiously and/or violently to something or someone, to the point of losing control of one's behavior. Mom totally blew a fuse when I told her I had failed math. Don't blow a fuse, it's just a tiny scratch on the car.
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a short fuse

A tendency to become angered, enraged, or upset very quickly or easily; a short temper. I'm usually a pretty calm person, but whenever I start driving I find I have such a short fuse.
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quick temper

A tendency to become angered, enraged, or upset very quickly or easily. I'm usually a pretty calm person, but whenever I start driving I find I have such a quick temper.
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blow a fuse

 
1. to burn out the fuse on an electrical circuit and lose power. The microwave oven blew a fuse, so we had no power. You'll blow a fuse if you use too many appliances at once.
2. and blow one's fuse; blow a gasket; blow one's cork; blow one's lid; blow one's top; blow one's stack Fig. to explode with anger; to lose one's temper. Come on, don't blow a fuse. Go ahead, blow a gasket! What good will that do?
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fuse something with something

to bond something together with something. You have to fuse the upper layer to the lower layer with heat. He used heat and pressure to fuse the patch with the soft rubber of the raft.
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fuse with something

to bond with something. The metal has fused with the glass coating on the tank. I didn't know that metal could fuse with glass.
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quick temper

 and short temper; short fuse
a bad temper that can be easily aroused. Tyler has a quick temper and doesn't mind letting everyone see it.
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blow a fuse

Also, blow a gasket. Lose one's temper, express furious anger. For example, When his paycheck bounced, John blew a fuse, or Tell Mom what really happened before she blows a gasket. An electric fuse is said to "blow" (melt) when the circuit is overloaded, whereas a gasket, used to seal a piston, "blows" (breaks) when the pressure is too high. The first of these slangy terms dates from the 1930s, the second from the 1940s. Also see blow one's top; keep one's cool.
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be on a short fuse

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have a short fuse

If someone is on a short fuse or has a short fuse, they lose their temper very easily. He warned Abbott that he was on a short fuse. He is irritable and has a short fuse, letting you know when he's not pleased. Note: See the explanation at light the fuse.
See also: fuse, on, short

blow a fuse

If you blow a fuse, you suddenly lose your temper and cannot control your anger. For all my experience, I blew a fuse in the quarter-final and could have been sent off. He's going to blow a fuse when he finds out about Miller. Note: A fuse is a safety device found in electrical equipment. If the equipment becomes too hot, the fuse blows, or burns. This breaks the electrical circuit, so that the equipment will stop working.
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light the fuse

If someone or something lights the fuse, they do something which starts something dangerous or exciting. An outbreak of the virus could light the fuse on the world's next pandemic. This event might have lit the fuse which later led to a depressive breakdown. Note: The fuse referred to here is the type that is used to set off a firework or explosive device.
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blow a fuse

lose your temper. informal
The metaphor is of the failure of an electrical circuit or engine as a result of overheating.
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light the (or a) fuse (or touchpaper)

do something that creates a tense or exciting situation.
The image here is of lighting a fuse attached to gunpowder, fireworks, etc. in order to cause an explosion. A touchpaper , which is used in the same way as a fuse, is a twist of paper impregnated with saltpetre to make it burn slowly.
1998 Times The rejection of global capitalism may light a touchpaper in all those countries battered by the crisis.
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blow a ˈfuse

(informal) get very angry: It was only a suggestion, Rob. There’s no need to blow a fuse.
This refers to the fact that if the flow of electricity in a piece of electrical equipment is too strong, the fuse (= a small wire or device inside it) will break (blow), often with a loud noise, and stop the current.
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be on/have a short ˈfuse

(informal) be likely to get angry easily, because you are tired, stressed, etc: Your father’s having trouble at work, so his temper’s on a short fuse today.Be careful what you say to the director. She has a very short fuse.
A fuse is a piece of string or paper which is lit to make a bomb explode.
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blow a fuse

and blow one’s fuse and blow a gasket and blow one’s cork and blow one’s lid and blow one’s top and blow one’s stack
tv. to explode with anger; to lose one’s temper. Go ahead, blow a gasket! What good will that do? Crunk! I so blew my top!
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blow one’s fuse

verb
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fuse box

n. the head; the brain. I’m afraid she’s missing a little something in the fuse box.
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have a short fuse

tv. to be easy to anger. (Have got can replace have.) He’s got a short fuse, so watch out.
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short fuse

n. a quick temper. I knew she’d blow. She’s got a short fuse.
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blow a fuse

/gasket Slang
To explode with anger.
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blow a fuse

Lose your temper. Back in the days before circuit breakers, a house's electrical system was regulated by a fuse box. Individual fuses connected to separate lines throughout the house were inserted into the box. When a circuit became overloaded, a thin metal strip in the fuse melted, breaking the circuit to prevent an overload and a possible fire. You'd then replace the fuse after disconnecting whatever appliance might have caused the overload. Someone who because very angry was said to blow a fuse, which doesn't make sense because a fuse was meant to defuse, so to speak, the situation. But no one ever said that idioms must be rational. Similar expressions that make more sense are “blow your stack,” which came from the era of steam engines that would explode if the steam wasn't allowed to explode, and “have a meltdown,” as in a nuclear reactor gone wild.
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