throw a tantrum

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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.
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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.
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According to child psychologists, most children don't throw a tantrum to be naughty; they do it to express their anger or frustration when they don't achieve something that they want.
Understand the child's needs: Always remember that your child will not throw a tantrum unnecessarily.
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The way to break this circle of behaviour is to show him he doesn't have to throw a tantrum to get what he wants.