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.
It is important to point out that negative, and thus inappropriate demeanor, includes yelling, losing one's temper to the point of rage, or becoming physically out of control.
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.