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have a cadenza
To become angry, agitated, or irritated. Primarily heard in South Africa. John always has a cadenza over the traffic on his way to work. Don't have a cadenza—I was only trying to be helpful!
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have a cadenzaSOUTH AFRICAN, INFORMAL
If someone has a cadenza, they become very angry or upset. He had a cadenza because he couldn't get his favourite curry.
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have a cadenzabe extremely agitated. South African informal
Cadenza is an Italian term for a virtuoso solo passage near the end of a piece of music. This informal sense probably comes from Danny Kaye 's humorous 1940s recording ‘The Little Fiddle’.
1991 D. Capel Personality The Conservative party is having a cadenza about ‘subliminal messages’ on the SABC's news logo.
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