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To be very upset, anxious, or uneasy. My parents will have kittens if I'm not home by curfew. Carrie's been having kittens waiting for her doctor to call with the test results.
to get extremely upset. My mother pretty near had kittens when she found out I got fired. Calm down. Don't have kittens.
have kittensmainly BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone has kittens, they become extremely worried or upset by something. The boss will have kittens if I don't get back within an hour. The Government was having kittens over the treaty. Note: In the Middle Ages it was said that if a pregnant woman was having stomach pains she had kittens clawing inside her womb.
have kittensbe extremely nervous or upset. British informal
have ˈkittens(British English, informal) be nervous and anxious, especially when you are waiting for news of something: Your poor mother’s having kittens. She hasn’t heard anything from Simon for three weeks.
1. tv. to become enraged. When I heard the news, I had kittens. I was hacked!
2. tv. to laugh very hard; to enjoy something enormously. It was so funny, I had kittens laughing.
3. tv. to be surprised. She had kittens when she heard about the wedding.