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hit the ceiling

To react angrily. 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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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.
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.
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Nearly two months before the beginning of fiscal 2006, applications for H1-B visas for technology workers hit the ceiling set by law.
There's only so much that a government agency or foundation will give you, which means you hit the ceiling and you can never get larger unless you start to raise from individuals.
The animal exploded and its heart flew up, hit the ceiling, and then fell on the floor," he says.
Shanna (Demus) kept us in it the first half by posting up and getting to the free-throw line because we couldn't hit the ceiling in the first half,'' Corisis said.
When she found out that they were delivering only part of her order, she hit the ceiling.
The glass was stained with the bruised heads of women who attempted to rise to their calling and hit the ceiling installed by men not God.
The smarter homophobes of Whitman's day read between his lines and hit the ceiling.
An unbelted passenger died after her head hit the ceiling.
Before long, there was a rivalry among some of our students to see who could hit the ceiling of the gymnasium with their particular Pringle can.
When he told his bosses what he had done, they hit the ceiling.