spit the dummy

spit (out) the dummy

To have a childish overreaction or angry outburst to a negative situation or outcome; to act in a bad-tempered manner, likened to a temper tantrum of a child. "Dummy" here refers to a plastic teat used to soothe teething infants (also called a "pacifier" in the U.S. or a "soother" elsewhere), which they may spit when in the middle of a tantrum. Primarily heard in Australia. John spat the dummy when I told him I'd sold his old comic book collection. Don't go spitting out the dummy just because Cheryl got the promotion instead of you.
See also: dummy, spit

spit the dummy

or

spit out the dummy

mainly AUSTRALIAN
If you accuse someone of spitting the dummy or spitting out the dummy, you are accusing them of behaving in a bad-tempered and childish way. He spat the dummy when his wife decided to go back to work. They are taking the money but not talking to us. If they want to spit out the dummy, that's their affair. Note: The image here is of a bad-tempered baby spitting out its dummy.
See also: dummy, spit

spit (out) the dummy

behave in a petulant way. Australian informal
See also: dummy, spit
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Abby McMillan " said: "This seems typical of a nationalist mentality to spit the dummy out when they don't get what they want.
Relax came good at Sandown but will almost certainly spit the dummy here.
The easy thing is to spit the dummy out and point out everything around that is going wrong," said the 27-year-old former Boro winger.
I've just lost in the World Championship and I'm not going to spit the dummy out.
55) seemed to spit the dummy out here recently and is better judged on her success at Lingfield in October.
Are they going to spit the dummy out and walk away?
He tends to spit the dummy out if things aren't going well, so he could well be a decent price.
7He isn't getting any faster at his age, and I hope he doesn't spit the dummy out if they go too fast for him in the early stages, which is what happened in a handicap over these obstacles last year
Mason had breathing problems and wouldn't have been able to spit the dummy out.
I know Joey well, but footballers are like big kids sometimes - they spit the dummy out.
There are some thoughts that it could have been my last series last year but at no stage did I ever spit the dummy out when I was left out of that semi," he said.
And if you are the architect of such a Blackadder-like cunning plan it's best you take your punishment like a big boy and don't spit the dummy.
She has spit the dummy out when taken on in the past, but you couldn't fault her today and she may aim for a follow-up at Wolverhampton on Saturday before going on to Goffs next month.
While Wayne Rooney was coming to terms with his latest attempt to see how far he could spit the dummy, one of Aston Villa's young internationals was displaying a pleasing maturity that deserves a wider audience than just this observer.
Alonso is starting to spit the dummy and it is not just a sporting competition any more and that's something that I feel has been getting to (Hamilton) - the politics and the less-than-honest approaches that there seem to be in Formula One and even in his team.