be/go on the warpath

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be on the warpath

slang To be overtly angry and/or looking for retribution. The phrase is potentially offensive, as it references a Native American war practice. I'd avoid the boss if I were you—he's on the warpath and screaming at everyone he sees.
See also: on, warpath

be/go on the ˈwarpath

(informal) be angry and ready for an argument or a fight about something: Look out — the boss is on the warpath again!In the past, if Native Americans were on the warpath, they were going to war or preparing to attack somebody.
See also: on, warpath
References in classic literature ?
No -- better still, he would join the Indians, and hunt buffaloes and go on the warpath in the mountain ranges and the trackless great plains of the Far West, and away in the future come back a great chief, bristling with feathers, hideous with paint, and prance into Sunday- school, some drowsy summer morning, with a blood- curdling war-whoop, and sear the eyeballs of all his companions with unappeasable envy.
His nation would not go on the warpath, because they did not think it well, but their friends have remembered where they lived.