get into a lather

get into a lather

To be very nervous, distressed, or upset. Don't get into a lather just because you don't think your job interview went well. I told mom that we'll get there on time, but she's gotten into a lather about us leaving behind schedule.
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get into a ˈlather

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work yourself into a ˈlather

(British English, informal) get anxious or angry about something, especially when it is not necessary: Look, don’t worry! There’s no point getting yourself into a lather over this!The idiom originally described the heavy sweat that you can see on the coat of a horse that has run very hard as a mass of white bubbles, like lather, the bubbles produced by mixing soap with water.
See also: get, lather
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USC administrators are concerned enough that they're asking all Trojans fans attending Saturday's game to get into a lather and wear red (excuse me, cardinal), apparently not recognizing that red (excuse me, crimson) is also a Washington State color.