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.
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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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This should give the public more chances to watch fireworks among them, and an opportunity to judge a candidate's ability to think on his or her feet without losing one's temper or equanimity.
Losing one's temper is at best a failure, at worst a disaster that can lead to catastrophe.
While there is no reliable profile of the kind of student likely to shoot classmates, experts say there are warning signs: constantly losing one's temper, frequent physical fighting, drastic behavior changes, increased drug or alcohol use, intense depression or alienation, carrying a weapon, or having access to one.
Instead of losing one's temper and calling people nasty names (such as `recalcitrant'), one should be their friend.