have a stroke

have a stroke

1. To experience a sudden lack of blood flow to a part of the brain, resulting in a loss of brain function. Do the doctors think he had a stroke?
2. slang To become very or unreasonably angry or upset; to have an outburst of rage, frustration, or ill temper. Potentially offensive. My mom's going to have a stroke when she sees what happened to the car! Hey, we can fix this mistake—don't have a stroke over it.
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have a stroke

to experience sudden unconsciousness or paralysis due to an interruption in the blood supply to the brain. (Also used as an exaggeration. See the last example.) The patient who received an artificial heart had a stroke two days after the operation. My great-uncle Billwho is very old—had a stroke last May. Calm down, Bob. Don't have a stroke over a silly mistake.
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(3) Myth: Women Are Far Less Likely Than Men to Have a Stroke