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tear (one's) hair out
To be extremely anxious, worried, frustrated, or stressed out about something. We've been tearing our hair out trying to figure out what's causing the server outages. The kids have been out of control all morning long—they've got me tearing my hair out!
tear one's hair (out)
Fig. to be anxious, frustrated, or angry. I was so nervous, I was about to tear my hair. I had better get home. My parents will be tearing their hair out.
tear your hair outact with or show extreme desperation. informal
1991 Jill Churchill A Farewell to Yarns Someplace people were having nervous breakdowns and tearing their hair out in a desperate effort to please Phyllis.
tear your ˈhair (out)(informal) be very worried or angry: Why are you so late home? Your mother and I have been tearing our hair out wondering where you were!
tear (one's) hair
To be greatly upset or distressed.