on the warpath


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on the warpath

Extremely angry and seeking retribution. I'd avoid the boss if I were you—he's been on the warpath since he found out we lost the Jefferson account.
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on the warpath

very angry. The boss is on the warpath again. Watch out! l am on the warpath about setting goals and standards again.
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on the warpath

Furious and on a hostile course of action, as in When the meat wasn't delivered, the chef went on the warpath. This expression was an English translation of a Native American term that literally means "a path used by a war party." Go on the war path thus meant "go to battle." It was used in this way by James Fenimore Cooper in The Deerslayer (1841); its present hyperbolic use dates from the late 1800s.
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on the warpath

If someone is on the warpath, they are very angry and getting ready for an argument or fight. Nolan was on the warpath after reading a bad review of his restaurant. The message is that consumers are on the warpath — and governments should beware. Note: Native Americans were said to be `on the warpath' when they were on an expedition to attack their enemies. The warpath was the path or route that they took.
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on the warpath

ready and eager for confrontation.
The phrase originated with reference to American Indians heading towards a battle with an enemy.
1999 Cricketer This summer, England are on the warpath against New Zealand in a four test series.
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on the warpath

mod. very angry. I am on the warpath about setting goals and standards again.
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References in classic literature ?
His nation would not go on the warpath, because they did not think it well, but their friends have remembered where they lived.
I am in elegant France now, and not scurrying through the great South Pass and the Wind River Mountains, among antelopes and buffaloes and painted Indians on the warpath.
Probably, as Marija claimed, she made mistakes on purpose after that; at any rate, she made them, and the third time it happened Marija went on the warpath and took the matter first to the forelady, and when she got no satisfaction there, to the superintendent.
On Monday, a dozen mothers were on the warpath about a nonregulation-size soccer field planned for Val Verde Park -- too small, they said, for teen and adult teams.
Since Rikishi admitted he was the driver of the car that hit Austin, Stone Cold has been on the warpath.
The Ethics Commission seems to be on the warpath against the lobbying industry and there doesn't seem to be a willingness to hear us out,'' Afriat said.