have a rush of blood to the head

have a (sudden) rush of blood to the head

To have a sudden feeling of excitement or anger that causes one to act in unexpected ways. It must have been a sudden rush of blood to the head that made Gary lash out at Ron, because he's usually so calm.
See also: blood, have, head, of, rush

have a rush of blood to the ˈhead

(humorous) because of a strong emotion, suddenly (decide to) do something foolish or dangerous: I don’t really know why I bought that vase. I just had a rush of blood to the head and wrote a cheque.
See also: blood, have, head, of, rush
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She remained quiet, for she had learned the hypersensitiveness induced by drink and was fastidiously careful not to hurt him even with the knowledge that she had lain awake for him.
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