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temper tantrum

An extreme and childish display of unreasonable anger, frustration, or distemper. I can't believe you threw a temper tantrum like that just because I didn't want to go see some movie with you! Becca's been having really bad temper tantrums lately. I guess she's just going into the "terrible twos."
See also: tantrum, temper

throw a (temper) tantrum

To have an outburst of childish or unreasonable anger, frustration, or ill temper. I was so embarrassed when Danny started throwing a tantrum in the grocery store. You're adults, not children, and throwing a temper tantrum every time something doesn't go your way is not the way to address things.
See also: tantrum, throw

throw a tantrum

to have a temper tantrum; to put on an active display of childish temper. I never dreamed that Bob would throw a tantrum right there in the department store. You must be so embarrassed!
See also: tantrum, throw

throw a ˈtantrum

(British English also throw a ˈwobbly) (informal) suddenly become very angry and behave in an unreasonable way: When you were a child, you were always throwing tantrums.My mum would throw a wobbly if she knew what we’d been doing.
See also: tantrum, throw
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Find a distraction: If you can understand that your child is about to start a tantrum, then find something to distract his or her attention.
Concerns about tantrums come up a lot in pediatric care.
For most EMs, prompt tightening of monetary policy appears to have helped stabilise the situation, with net capital inflows recovering to an average of $16bn since the taper tantrum.
Being mindful, the tantrum can be recognized and each phase anticipated.
That sentiment was echoed by Gwyn Edwards, of Pencraig Fawr, Betws GG, whose family would host Mr Tantrum during his visits north.
Named Cedric, Rasmus and Basil, they call themselves tantrums and promise that if Oliver throws them at his mother they can get him anything he wants.
Although Victoria stresses there's no 'right' approach to tantrum control, she's clearly no fan of techniques like the naughty step.
The questionnaire asked about the frequency, quality and severity of many temper tantrum behaviours and anger management skills over the past month.
The giant reminds the people that he is not the only one with a tantrum problem; lots of people throw tantrums.
Well Ms Sawant, thank your stars it is just a month, because if it were more, you would have to handle the child's tantrums.
But with unrelated onlookers that outranked mom in the dominance hierarchy, babies won the tantrum 82 percent of the time.
In other words, "don't try to teach someone who is in the middle of a tantrum.
The temper tantrum in a public place--something all parents have learned to fear and loathe.
The investigators also grouped the children by tantrum characteristics: normative (tantrums that rarely escalated to excess); excessive tantrums without aggression (shouting, crying, and flailing, but no aggression); and excessive tantrums with aggression (self-directed, or directed at other people or objects).