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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.
See also: howling, success

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!
See also: banshee, howl, like

screaming 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.
See also: fantod, scream

howling success

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.
See also: howling, success

howling (drunk)

mod. alcohol intoxicated; loudly drunk. Willy got howling drunk and ran in the streets with his coat off.
See also: drunk, howling



screaming fantods

and (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.
See also: fantod, scream

howling fantods

See also: fantod, howling
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During his research in northern Minnesota, Harrington howled at wolves to trigger responses, which is a standard practice in wolf research (he said a fellow researcher who lacked confidence in his howling ability used a siren with similar results).
I had to fill the aloneness, and I practiced howling like a wolf.
Entwistle got into racing with Berry and later had a string of horses with Howling, the best being Figaro Flyer, who won four races for him.
"I joined when there wasn't anything happening with Howling Bells, and I just play guitar in Albert Albert and do a few harmonies," she explains.
Howling also beat Glyn Robinson in a close fifth game while Newton beat Howling 11-8 in the fifth.
People howl to wolves, or in response to wolves' howling, but only from afar, and not as a human being howling to a wolf, but as an imposter, a cunning mime.
Washington, Aug 23 ( ANI ): When a member of the wolf pack leaves the group, the howling by those left behind isn't a reflection of stress but of the quality of their relationships, a new study suggests.
Broadcast stimuli used to elicit canid vocal responses include sirens (Wenger & Cringan 1978, Pyrah 1984), human-simulated howling (Okoniewski & Chambers 1984, Fuller & Sampson 1988) and recordings of species-specific vocalizations (Lehner 1982, Mitchell et al.
The howling from our sections about how diverse they are seemed to give life to Shakespeare's dicta about "protesting too much."
After the howling sequence, I then wait four to five minutes and glass.
ANDREW TAIT, Jesmond, Newcastle THE HOWLING WIND The Howling Wind So prim and proper Snapping branches And creeping into doorways I keep my head down as I Walk And think of festive hats and Crackers beside wine and cakes It could have been snow Or ice that rolled the wheely Bin down the street and blew My hat off but no it was the Howling Wind that has no mercy And dances with papers like Michael Jackson and disco girls While seagulls glide and roll And curl and cry Then by chance its all calm And quiet like graveyard Dreams then the Howling Wind returns for a second Rave and blows me up the Hill so I can buy salad and Soup and bread.
Yesterday, Nichola and Steve Grinham were given the go-ahead by civic bosses to continue to keep 16 Siberian huskies in enclosures at their home in Redford, Hamsterley Forest, County Durham, despite locals complaining of howling.