have kittens


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have kittens

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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

have kittens

to get extremely upset. My mother pretty near had kittens when she found out I got fired. Calm down. Don't have kittens.
See also: have, kitten
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

have kittens

mainly 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.
See also: have, kitten
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

have kittens

be extremely nervous or upset. British informal
See also: have, kitten
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: have, kitten
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

have kittens

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.
See also: have, kitten
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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