hit the ceiling


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hit the ceiling

To react with extreme anger. Mom will hit the ceiling when she finds out we broke the vase by playing ball in the house again.
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hit the ceiling

 and hit the roof
Fig. to get very angry. She really hit the ceiling when she found out what happened. My dad'll hit the roof when he finds out that I wrecked his car.
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hit the ceiling

Also, hit the roof. Explode in anger, as in Jane hit the ceiling when she saw her grades, or Dad hit the roof when he didn't get his usual bonus. The first expression dates from the early 1900s; the second is a version of a 16th-century locution, up in the house roof or house-top, meaning "enraged."
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hit the ceiling

COMMON If someone hits the ceiling, they suddenly become very angry and shout at someone. When I told him what happened, he hit the ceiling. Compare with hit the roof.
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hit the ceiling

fly into a sudden rage.
2004 Scarlett Elizabeth Cooper Nuts & Bolts When Dr John Pulaski arrived home that night, he hit the ceiling. ‘Why are you bringing other people into our home?’ he demanded of his wife.
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hit the ˈroof/ˈceiling

(informal) suddenly become very angry: Every time I mention Patricia, Sam hits the roof.
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hit the ceiling

and hit the roof
tv. to get very angry. She really hit the ceiling when she found out what happened.
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The US hit the ceiling on May 16, but has since used spending and accounting adjustments, as well as higher-than-expected tax receipts, to continue operating without impact on government obligations.
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Just when you think our MSPs have hit the ceiling of stupidity, they crash right through it.
The cup had hit the ceiling when he had thrown it up.
It proves that you can set the bar so high, you hit the ceiling and run the risk of crashing back to the floor.
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Attendance capacity has hit the ceiling because of a lack of space, however, Rouleau is confident the school is meeting industry's demand, though this may change if interest continues to increase.
After 10 consecutive months of expansion, economic activity in the manufacturing sector hit the ceiling in December, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business (www.
The center piece between the two round lids on top of the stove hit the ceiling hard enough to leave a half-inch deep impression in the ceiling tile.
The airplane dived so steeply that the cart hit the ceiling of the cabin,'' Esashi said.
The first time she did it I nearly hit the ceiling with shock, now I just brush her hand away.
Both stores also have to know they are starting to hit the ceiling of how far they can push their suppliers.