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be a howling success
To be extremely or triumphantly successful. For having such a limited budget, their play turned out to be a howling success. My business was a howling success in the 1980s and '90s, but the advent of the Internet rendered my services obsolete.
howl in pain
To wail or yell because one is feeling pain. Sally twisted her ankle and fell to the ground, howling in pain.
howl like a banshee
To scream, howl, or screech in a very loud, high-pitched, and unsettling manner. Some animal has been howling like a banshee in the alleyway all night long. Kids, stop howling like a banshees back there! I need to focus on driving and I can barely hear myself think!
1. To let out a loud cry, wail, or shout. The child began howling out in pain after the doctor gave him the tetanus shot. The sound of the mob of protestors howling out in anger echoed through the streets of the city.
2. To utter or express something in a long, intense cry or shout. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "howl" and "out." Tom howled out his despair after he came home to find that his wife had left him. The crowd howled their frustrations out after the referee awarded the point to the opposing team.
howl with (something)
To emphatically respond to some stimulus in a particular manner (named after "with"). His opening monologue must have gone really well—we could hear the audience howling with laughter. Sally twisted her ankle and fell to the ground, howling with pain.
See also: howl
howl with laughter
To laugh uproariously. His opening monologue must have gone really well—we could hear the audience howling with laughter.
howl with pain
To wail or yell because one is feeling pain. Sally twisted her ankle and fell to the ground, howling with pain.
slang Extremely drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really howling drunk.
old-fashioned Extreme disquiet of the body and mind; anxious or nervous unease. My poor mother was afflicted with the howling fantods for the rest of her life following the accident. Just thinking about going out on a stage in front of hundreds of people to give my presentation is enough to give me the howling fantods.
old-fashioned Extreme disquiet of the body and mind; anxious or nervous unease. My poor mother was afflicted with the screaming fantods for the rest of her life following the accident. Just thinking about going out on a stage in front of hundreds of people to give my presentation is enough to give me the screaming fantods.
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A tremendous triumph, as in Their first play was a howling success. This colloquial expression employs howling in the sense of "very pronounced" or "glaring," a usage dating from the mid-1800s.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
mod. alcohol intoxicated; loudly drunk. Willy got howling drunk and ran in the streets with his coat off.
See howling drunk
screaming fantodsand (howling) fantods
n. extreme anxiety; nervous hysteria. (Old. One might call this vintage literary mock colloquial, since it survives in the works of well-known writers and occasional literary use. The origin is unknown, but the Oxford English Dictionary lists Fantad with the same meaning, and cautiously suggests that is related to fantasy and similar words containing fan.) The afternoon’s excitement has left Lady Waddington with a case of the screaming fantods. The reviewer felt that any slang dictionary that excluded “fantods” was defective.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.