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throw (one's) toys out of the pram

To behave in a petulantly upset or angry manner; to act like an angry child. Primarily heard in UK. Manchester United's star striker threw his toys out of the pram after he was ejected from the match for biting another player.
See also: of, out, pram, throw, toy

throw your toys out of the pram

If someone throws their toys out of the pram, they express their anger or disappointment in a childish way. They say he may have thrown his toys out of the pram after being made to report to Smith. Note: Words for names of toys are often used instead of toys with the same meaning. I for one, will certainly not be crying into my beer or throwing my rattle out of the pram. I hope that your girlfriend is prepared to stand up to you as you throw your dummy out of the pram.
See also: of, out, pram, throw, toy

throw your toys out of the pram

have a temper tantrum. British informal
2005 Hecklerspray Some might suggest that for Oprah to throw her toys out of the pram because a French woman told her she couldn't look at some clothes comes across as…just a little arrogant.
See also: of, out, pram, throw, toy
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I sincerely hope that Rhodri Morgan sees sense and agrees to move forward with the process sensibly instead of taking a childish and dangerous stance of throwing his toys out of the pram because he no longer has a majority government at the Welsh Assembly.
But instead of throwing his toys out of the pram, Taylor insists he'll fight on.
The Health Secretary who deliberately scuppered cross-party talks before the election is now looking at the option that led to him throwing his toys out of the pram.
ON one hand we have the council leader blaming the government for the failings of his administration, on the other we have the leader of the opposition throwing his toys out of the pram and jumping off the culture committee.