lose (one's) rag

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lose (one's) rag

slang To become extremely upset or angry, usually unexpectedly. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I'd had such a rough day at work that I lost my rag when my brother started teasing me once I got home.
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lose your rag

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you lose your rag, you suddenly lose your temper with someone and get very angry. You can imagine just how easy it would be to lose your rag in that situation. Eventually Melvin lost his rag and hit the guy.
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lose your rag

lose your temper. informal
1998 New Scientist In boxing as in medieval theology, anger is a sin. Lose your rag and you are likely to lose the match.
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lose your ˈrag

(British English, informal) become very angry and behave in an uncontrolled way: He really lost his rag when the children broke another window with their ball.
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Jones held an inquest into the Scotland defeat at last week's training camp but Itoje revealed the boss didn't lose his rag.
And even though Warnock has the aggro reputation, Lonergan reckons Irvine can get just as furious, adding: "He can lose his rag, but only when we need it.
Steve Coppell is someone I know very well from our days together at Crystal Palace and I owe him a great deal; he is an intelligent, quiet man, who does not often lose his rag but, on the occasions he does, you know about it.
Irritable Blackburn gaffer Graeme Souness likes to lose his rag with most people - referees, the media, and half of his strikers - but he has only himself to blame for not buying a commanding centre-half.
SIR: One thing that makes any sensible person lose his rag is the sound of a well-heeled liberal whining about the 'ecological crisis' caused by his own extravagant life-style (Leader, January issue).
WHAT the non-event men's Island With Bear Grylls needed was, say, a brash, tireless Yorkshireman to lose his rag at the "lazy bunch of bone idle bastards" and rile the cook into threatening to "stab you in the f***ing eye" before being saved from death by the same bloke as his raft crashed on to rocks.
Eric Cantona is the star attraction - you would never see the Frenchman lose his rag in the same way as Rusedski.
When things don't go his way, he just keeps working hard and doesn't lose his rag.
Admit it, if you're not a Man United fan you love to see him lose his rag and be given his marching orders.