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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References in classic literature ?
The king your father and the king your grandfather never lost their temper except when under the protection of their own palace.
Workers facing an appraisal by their bosses were advised today to stay calm after a new survey showed that some staff lost their temper when criticised.
But exact numbers are hard to come by as people are ashamed to admit they lost their temper and took it out on the equipment.
On average, one in 10 admitted they had thought about resorting to physical violence when they had lost their tempers, with those aged 18 to 24 most likely.