tear (one's) hair

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tear (one's) hair

To be extremely anxious, worried, frustrated, or stressed out about something. We've been tearing our hair 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!
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

tear one's hair

Also, tear out one's hair. Be greatly upset or distressed, as in I'm tearing my hair over these errors. This expression alludes to literally tearing out one's hair in a frenzy of grief or anger, a usage dating from a.d. 1000. Today it is generally hyperbolic.
See also: hair, tear
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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!
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

tear (one's) hair

To be greatly upset or distressed.
See also: hair, tear
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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He even tried to tear his hair, but as it was only painted on his wooden head, he could not even pull it.
Wenger could only tear his hair out in frustration as his Gunners wasted chance after golden chance.
And he may also wish to tear his hair out as Stephen Wright rises above the shambles that is currently Sunderland.
"Some of our football was spot on but when you take your foot off the pedal the boss is entitled to tear his hair out."