on the warpath, to be/go(redirected from to be/go on the warpath)
be on the warpath
slang To be overtly angry and/or looking for retribution. One of many expressions often considered offensive for making reference to Native American stereotypes or tropes. I'd avoid the boss if I were you—he's on the warpath and screaming at everyone he sees.
go on the warpath
To be furious about something and determined to seek retribution or punishment for those responsible. The phrase can be considered offensive for making reference to Native American stereotypes or tropes. The boss really went on the warpath after our supplier refused to pay us. He said he's going to sue them into oblivion!
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on the warpath, to be/go
To be infuriated enough to seek out the person or agency responsible. This Native American term was used quite literally by James Fenimore Cooper in The Deerslayer (1841) to describe a character who had never engaged in battle (“He has never been on a warpath”). By the end of the nineteenth century it was loosely used to describe anyone on an angry rampage.
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