lose (one's) temper

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lose (one's) temper

To become angered, enraged, or upset due to some provocation; to have an outburst upon losing one's patience. I'm usually a pretty calm person, but whenever I start driving, I find I lose my temper at the slightest inconvenience. When we were kids, my dad lost his temper a lot, but he's mellowed out since then.
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lose one's temper (at someone or something)

Fig. to become angry at someone or something. Lisa lost her temper and began shouting at Bob. I hate to lose my temper at someone. I always end up feeling guilty.
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lose one's temper

Also, lose it. Give way to violent anger, lose self-control. For example, When she found out what Ann had done, she lost her temper, or He arrived without that important check, and then I just lost it completely. The first term dates from the early 1800s; the second slangy locution dates from the mid-1900s.
See also: lose, temper

keep/lose your ˈtemper (with somebody)

manage/fail to control your anger: You must learn to keep your temper.He loses his temper very quickly if you argue with him.
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References in classic literature ?
If that, however, should fail to be a reparation, it will at least show us that the king was wrong to lose his temper."
"Wrong to lose his temper!" cried the king, in a loud, passionate voice.
A policeman, especially one with an officer rank like him, should never lose his temper in dealing with an unarmed citizen.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: "This caused him to lose his temper as he had anger management issues and he struck the child up to four times, what he described as punches to the child's face."
Callum, who's there with his mum, takes great delight in painting the Platt abode as worse than the Gallaghers' from Shameless, causing David to lose his temper. Nice one, Dave.
David Cameron appeared to lose his temper with Ed Balls, telling the shadow chancellor he wished he would "shut up" during Prime Minister's Questions.
Mrs Jenkins said that, if she challenged her husband's discipline he would lose his temper and sometimes threatened her.
The Old Bailey murder trial saw Huntley lose his temper as he was accused of deliberately drowning Holly but admitted causing Jessica's death.
Only once did I see him lose his temper. Or was he dropping a mask?
He could lose his temper quicker but could control it, and had an inability to feel guilt.
I suspect that, like many young men of his age, your son had no idea how to tell you he was moving out and instead needed to manufacture a situation in which he could lose his temper and justify his decision.