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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I'm not saying Man City will lose their rag, but things happen in football.
Referees should start giving far more penalties for holding and shirt tugging - then players like Suarez and Everton's Fellaini - who reacted at Stoke - wouldn't lose their rag.
The first was to wind up Brian O'Driscoll and his team, get them to lose their rag, their focus and their ability to play top-level rugby with controlled aggression.
The maggots, vermin and flies that accompany fortnightly bin collections would make anyone lose their rag.
Research claims those with a tendency to easily lose their rag are more likely to be drawn into the trap of tobacco addiction, apparently because of the impact nicotine has on certain parts of the brain.
More than a third argue over a family member raising the volume without consent and almost half lose their rag over a misplaced remote.
If you think that Vieira and Co will lose their rag against our diamond formation, they're quoting 40/1 on more than two players to be sent off.