spit nails

spit nails

To strongly express one's anger, typically verbally. Primarily heard in UK. Unless you want to get yelled at, stay away from the boss today—he's spitting nails over that printing mishap.
See also: nail, spit
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It makes me spit nails every time I hear it; invoking so much anger I could crush a whole pound of grapes.
All of which must have caused loyal wife Jackie to spit nails at her wandering boy.
However, when he pulls off the towel to reveal his new colour - a shocking orange - Kylie's about ready to spit nails.
I WHAT makes me spit nails is Asian take-1 away boss Khalid Shah serving up Buckie Kormas in his Motherwell shop to exploit the eejits who think it's cool to have their I curry laced with Buckfast.
I fully support their desire to break away from Los Angeles, and when I see in the newspaper how many of the Los Angeles fat cats support the mayor's vicious campaign against the Valley, I could spit nails.
The builder, who is already mad at the sheet rock guy for holding up this house, is beginning to spit nails over the missed deadline for the cabinets.
Once you've had a laugh at this Toy Town-like spat, don't you want to spit nails at the likes of his opponents who have taken a light-hearted and traditional phrase as an affront?