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.
See also: lose, temper
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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.
See also: lose, temper
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
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.

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.
See also: keep, lose, temper
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But don't lose your temper. Haven't you lost enough without that?"
I'm sure I don't know why you should lose your temper like that just because Mrs.
It was a dreadful thing for you to lose your temper like that, Anne."
Jansenius frowned at her daughter to remain silent, and said soothingly, "Don't lose your temper, John."
Let this be a lesson to you never to lose YOUR temper!' `Hold your tongue, Ma!' said the young Crab, a little snappishly.
Every time you are about to lose your temper, stop and think first before losing all control.
"But, lose your temper again and I can assure you that you will be going to prison," the judge warned.
"That caused you to lose your temper, but it was no reason whatsoever to arm yourself with a hammer and take it out onto the landing, the public area of these flats," he said.
Mr Latham asked: ``Did you lose your temper with one of these girls on that Sunday evening?'' Huntley said: ``I had no reason to lose my temper.''
Mr Latham: "Did you lose your temper with one of these girls on that Sunday evening?"
Huntley: 'Yes.' Mr Latham: 'Did you lose your temper with one of these girls on that Sunday evening?'
Mr Latham, 'Did you lose your temper with one of these girls on that Sunday evening?'
``You might lose your temper at times - but losing your focus is a completely different thing.
Do not lose your temper. Returning verbal abuse or threatening gestures will only make things worse.
SAN DIEGO -- Before you lose your temper with a patient, Dr.