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hot under the collar

Angry. I'm sorry I got hot under the collar just then, I have a hard time hearing criticism about my novel. The way you kids deliberately disobey me makes me hot under the collar!
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hot under the collar

Fig. very angry. The boss was really hot under the collar when you told him you lost the contract. I get hot under the collar every time I think about it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hot under the collar

Angry, as in She is quick to get hot under the collar, but once the problem is ironed out she forgets it entirely . This expression alludes to the heat of anger. [c. 1900]
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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.

hot under the collar

angry, resentful, or embarrassed.
1995 Edward Toman Dancing in Limbo It seems that the gentleman in question has been getting very hot under the collar of late about our public image.
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hot under the ˈcollar

(informal) annoyed, embarrassed or excited: He gets very hot under the collar if people disagree with him.
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hot under the collar

verb
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

hot under the collar

Informal
Angry.
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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.

hot under the collar, to be

To be upset, agitated, angry. The heat of anger has been noted since ancient times, and it often manifests itself in a flushed, warm face and neck. The precise expression here has been used since the late nineteenth century, when high collars were still in fashion for men. It was well known enough by 1907 for O. Henry to play on it: “That makes Alice warm under the lace yoke” (The Sphinx Apple). “Then shall our names, familiar in his mouth as household words, Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter. . . .” —William Shakespeare, HenryV
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