get (one's) knickers in a twist

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get (one's) knickers in a twist

To become overly upset or emotional over something, especially that which is trivial or unimportant. Ah, don't get your knickers in a twist, I'll have the car back by tomorrow morning! In my opinion, people are getting their knickers in a twist over this election.
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get your knickers in a twist

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone gets their knickers in a twist, they become very upset or worried about something. He'll get a nasty shock, but he's not the first one, and he won't be the last, so why get our knickers in a twist? Let's not get our knickers in a twist until we see the outcome of those games. Note: You can also say that someone has their knickers in a twist. So why do these MPs have their knickers in a twist? Note: This expression is often used to show that you think that someone is more upset than is reasonable.
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get your knickers in a twist

become upset or angry. British informal
This expression was originally used specifically of women, the humorous masculine equivalent being get your Y-fronts in a twist .
1998 Times I'm not as anxious as I was…Most things these days, I'm really not going to get my knickers in a twist about.
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get/have your ˈknickers in a twist

(British English) (American English get/have your ˈpanties in a knot) (informal) react too strongly to a difficult situation by getting angry, upset, confused, etc: The boss is getting his knickers in a twist about these sales figures.Don’t get your panties in a knot about it! It’s no big deal.
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So why do people get their knickers in a twist about it?
They also get their knickers in a twist over bras - packing an average of seven but only wearing four - according to the survey by budget airline easyJet.
IT amazes me how so many people get their knickers in a twist about what benefits their neighbours might be getting while choosing to ignore folk who are up to much, much worse.
Basically, a chance for Mr/Mrs Angry, Bitter and Twisted from Pinner to get their knickers in a twist.
They debate Big Brother and get their knickers in a twist over Nick Griffin telling us what we know, but dare not say, about Islam, but they ignorethecult of death that is growing in the Muslim world and which threatens us all.
WE ALL know Adrian Mutu's positive drugs test caused everyone to get their knickers in a twist but no one more so than Chelsea legend Peter Osgood.