have a bee in (one's) bonnet

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have a bee in (one's) bonnet

To talk incessantly about something one thinks is important (often in spite of others' disinterest). Ever since the blizzard last year, Dad has had a bee in his bonnet about moving to a warmer climate It seems that Mike still has a bee in his bonnet over the criticism he got in the staff meeting.
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have a bee in your bonnet

If you have a bee in your bonnet about a subject, you feel very strongly about it and keep talking about it. Daley has a bee in her bonnet about the state of popular music. There was no arguing with the boy when he'd got a bee in his bonnet. Note: This expression suggests that you think the subject that a person keeps talking about is not important. The expression is considered old-fashioned in American English. Note: Two images are suggested by this expression. The first is of thoughts moving around inside someone's head like bees. The second is of someone who has a bee trapped in their hat and is anxious to get it out before they are stung.
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have a bee in your bonnet

have an obsessive preoccupation with something. informal
This expression, along with have bees in the head or bees in the brain , was first used to refer to someone who was regarded as crazy or eccentric.
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have a ˈbee in your bonnet

(informal) think or talk about something all the time and believe that it is very important: Harry’s always going around opening windows. He’s got a bee in his bonnet about fresh air.
A bonnet is a hat tied with strings under the chin, worn by babies and, especially in the past, by women.
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Colin Dunne, the world champion Irish dancer who saved the day for Riverdance in 1995 when he jumped into the shoes of an abdicating Michael Flatley hours before curtain-up, has a bee in his bonnet. The dark-haired virtuoso who subsequently enjoyed a three-year stint starring in the show, which catapulted traditional Irish dancing onto an international platform, speaks like an artist in the middle of some risky and as yet unspecified work-in-progress.
ALASTAIR Campbell really has a bee in his bonnet about me, simpered Carole Caplin, Cherie Blair's fruitcake "lifestyle guru".
Once again, Mr Lewis has a bee in his bonnet about Cardiff City.
SELLY Oak MP Steve McCabe has a bee in his bonnet - over the plight of the area's most endangered insects.
A TYNESIDE MP has a bee in his bonnet over chemicals which may be killing the furry insects.
Meanwhile, Steve is thrilled when Michelle gives him a kiss under the mistletoe, but Liz is far from happy about their 'friendship' Norris also has a bee in his bonnet. He may have made a fool of himself while trying to catch the graffiti sprayer but the Kabin worker refuses to give up his hunt for the vandal.