a (sudden) rush of blood (to the head)

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a (sudden) rush of blood (to the head)

A sudden feeling of excitement or anger that causes one to act in unexpected ways. It must have been a sudden rush of blood to the head that made Gary lash out at Ron, because he's usually so calm.
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a rush of blood

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a rush of blood to the head

If you have a rush of blood or a rush of blood to the head, you suddenly do something foolish or dangerous which you would not normally do. It was a rush of blood by the United goalkeeper that was to cost them the game. I don't know what made me say it — I must have had a sudden rush of blood to the head.
See also: blood, of, rush
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a rush of blood (to the head)

a sudden attack of wild irrationality in your thinking or actions.
See also: blood, of, rush
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But a sudden rush of blood saw Stirling miscue a Gulbadin Naib delivery into Laughlin's hands.
An intense feeling of excitement came over me for the moment, and a sudden rush of blood to the head almost blinded me, for I was now face to face with my first bear.
He added: "I am quite satisfied this situation arose from a sudden rush of blood to the head, encouraged by certain publications."
The general's threat did not come from a sudden rush of blood. Rather, it was part of a pattern of hostile statements that have been issued by Indian leadership against Pakistan.
"People say 'why didn't the ref take into account the conditions?' "I would say 'why didn't the player take into account the conditions?' "It was inevitable there would be contact, it was a sudden rush of blood from the player.
"People say 'why didn't the ref take into account the conditions?' I would say 'why didn't the player take into account the conditions?' "It was inevitable there would be contact, it was a sudden rush of blood from the player.
"People say, 'Why didn't the ref take into account the conditions?' I would say, 'Why didn't the player take into account the conditions?' "It was inevitable that there would be contact, it was a sudden rush of blood from the player.
Coventry made an instant impact when Harry Horsley bowled Ben Hudson for a duck in the first over but fellow opener David Hemming got his head down to resist for 99 balls before a sudden rush of blood saw him run out for 37.
It went again and the sudden rush of blood to my hamstring sent the alarm bells ringing...
Debates, if it were a sudden rush of blood in Rahul's head or a culmination of a behind the scene process are not particularly meaningful.
The reason Hodgson selected Townsend after just one Spurs start was not because he had a sudden rush of blood after witnessing one decent performance.
It was a sudden rush of blood from Martin that sparked the game back into life after a dull period of play.
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And although I don't think he's after her money - he seems to have plenty of his own - I'm quite wary of this sudden rush of blood to the head.
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