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short temper

A tendency to become angered, enraged, or upset very quickly or easily. I'm usually a pretty calm person, but whenever I start driving, I find I have such a short temper. That short temper of yours is going to get you into trouble one of these days.
See also: short, temper

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

quick temper

A tendency to become angered, enraged, or upset very quickly or easily. I'm usually a pretty calm person, but whenever I start driving I find I have such a quick temper.
See also: quick, temper

tempers frayed

Things became tense among people; people lost their tempers. Tempers frayed at Thanksgiving when Uncle Stu and Aunt Marsha started arguing about politics.
See also: fray, temper

fly into a rage

To become uncontrollably angry; to lose control of one's temper. Samantha flew into a rage when she heard that her brother would be getting the family's old car. I know you're upset, but there's no point flying into a rage like that. It was just an honest mistake.
See also: fly, rage

lose (one's) temper

To become angered, enraged, or upset due to some provocation; to have an outburst upon losing one's patience. I'm usually a pretty calm person, but whenever I start driving, I find I lose my temper at the slightest inconvenience. When we were kids, my dad lost his temper a lot, but he's mellowed out since then.
See also: lose, temper

fly into a temper

To become uncontrollably angry; to lose control of one's temper. Samantha flew into a temper when she heard that her brother would be getting the family's old car. I know you're upset, but there's no point flying into a temper like that. It was just an honest mistake.
See also: fly, temper

keep (one's) temper

To refrain from becoming angered, enraged, or upset due to some provocation; to maintain control of one's composure despite being angry or upset. You're a good driver, but if you don't do a better job of keeping your temper when other drivers make mistakes, you're going to end up causing a crash some day. It's hard to keep my temper with the kids after being kept awake by them all night long.
See also: keep, temper

fly into a rage

Fig. to become enraged suddenly. When he heard the report, he flew into a rage. We were afraid that she would fly into a rage.
See also: fly, rage

keep one's temper

 and hold one's temper
to hold back an expression of anger. (The opposite of lose one's temper.) She should have learned to keep her temper when she was a child. Sally got thrown off the team because she couldn't hold her temper.
See also: keep, temper

lose one's temper (at someone or something)

Fig. to become angry at someone or something. Lisa lost her temper and began shouting at Bob. I hate to lose my temper at someone. I always end up feeling guilty.
See also: lose, temper

quick temper

 and short temper; short fuse
a bad temper that can be easily aroused. Tyler has a quick temper and doesn't mind letting everyone see it.
See also: quick, temper

temper something with something

 
1. Fig. to harden something, such as metal, with something. You have to temper the metal pieces with very high heat. The sheet of metal was tempered by the application of great pressure.
2. Fig. to soften the impact of something, such as news, with something. We can temper this disaster story a bit with a picture of the happy survivors. The news story was tempered with a paragraph of explanation and justification.
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hold one's temper

Also, keep one's temper. Refrain from expressing violent anger, maintain composure or poise. For example, Billy has to learn to hold his temper when he's frustrated, or If the chairman can keep his temper, the matter will get settled. [c. 1700] For an antonym, see lose one's temper.
See also: hold, temper

lose one's temper

Also, lose it. Give way to violent anger, lose self-control. For example, When she found out what Ann had done, she lost her temper, or He arrived without that important check, and then I just lost it completely. The first term dates from the early 1800s; the second slangy locution dates from the mid-1900s.
See also: lose, temper

fly into a ˈrage, ˈtemper, etc.

suddenly become very angry: She flies into a rage every time anybody suggests that she should stop working so hard.
See also: fly

have a quick ˈtemper

become angry easily: Just be careful how you tell him — he’s got a very quick temper and he’s quite scary when he’s angry! ▶ ˌquick-ˈtempered adj.: She’s quite a quick-tempered woman.
See also: have, quick, temper

keep/lose your ˈtemper (with somebody)

manage/fail to control your anger: You must learn to keep your temper.He loses his temper very quickly if you argue with him.
See also: keep, lose, temper
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The increased spatial scale of cultural transmission, evidenced by exotic lithic tempers, may have influenced the increased frequency of >30% calcareous sand temper sherds by bringing the vessels, the idea of the vessels, or both to Waya.
Karen Aronson shared her work on lithic tempers at Qaranicagi.
The Qaranicagi ceramics were analyzed using macroscopic characteristics of thickness, temper, firing core, hardness, and rim type.
Firing atmospheres, along with variables such as clay composition and temper, influence the strength, porosity, and other characteristics of finished vessels that affect ceramic performance (Rice 1987:80-109).
Temper: Temper may be added to clay to improve its workability and impart specific properties to finished vessels (e.
Temper attributes were identified on each sherd using a 10 x hand lens on a freshly broken cross-section.
Calcareous sand is the predominant temper throughout the Qaranicagi sequence (Figure 8).
Temper abundances are differentially distributed across the calcareous, terrigenous, and mixed temper types ([X.
I often point out that Moses didn't make it into the promised land because of his loss of temper.
Stefan Edberg, one of the great gentlemen champions of tennis, bade farewell to the Australian Open on a day marred by the temper tantrums of lesser players.