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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SOMEONE - I wonder who - has been getting his knickers in a twist in Marco's Great British Feast (ITV1, Wednesday).
By my count there seem to be no more than six guests at this bling-fest so why Paul should be getting his knickers in a twist about serving a few glasses of bubbly I can't imagine.
SHEFFIELD commentator Dave Hackett, who infamously called the wrong result to the final of the Steel City Cup, is not the only one capable of getting his knickers in a twist with premature proclamations.
Actually if anyone's getting his knickers in a twist it's CZJ's rather older husband Michael.