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towering rage, in a

Extremely angry. Towering has been used in the sense of rising to a pitch of violence or intensity since Shakespeare’s time. Shakespeare wrote, “The brauery of his griefe did put me into a towring passion” (Hamlet, 5.2). The precise modern locution appeared in William Black’s Green Pastures and Piccadilly (1877), “He came down in a towering rage.” It may now be obsolescent.
See also: towering
References in classic literature ?
He was on his feet in an instant, spitting blood, and in a towering rage. As he rushed, bull-like, toward Norman of Torn, the latter made no move to draw; he but stood with folded arms, eyeing Shandy with cold, level gaze; his head held high, haughty face marked by an arrogant sneer of contempt.
Judging by that symptom, he must have been in a towering rage. But I could also see that he was puzzled, and that discovery affected me disagreeably.
I saw him once in a towering rage because one of his herdsmen had permitted a travel-heated Asian to slake his thirst at the horse-trough in front of the saloon end of Jo.'s establishment.
I was in a towering rage. 'I've got you now,' thought I, and sent for him, while I got out my cane.
'You may think what you like,' said I, still in a towering rage.
But one of the touted remedies has people in a towering rage. And they should be.
ONE of Ben Butler's ex-girlfriends lived in fear he would kill her before he went on to murder his daughter in a fit of towering rage.
His darting eyes and clenched fists reflect the confusion, the fear, the denial and, on one or two dramatic occasions when his voice drops into its regal lower register, the towering rage. Misplacing his watch is cause for alarm.
This prospect that has driven the Israelis and the Saudis into a towering rage.
"But you remained in a towering rage. He then told you you were an alcoholic.
What kind of pride and prejudice this country was up against is best illustrated by an interview Vijayalashmi Pandit had with Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House and a legendary figure on the Hill at that time, from which she returned in a towering rage.
How many of them left in a towering rage vowing never to visit again?
WHO ME?: Chelsea's Didier Drogba, a man of towering rage?
IT is with complete sadness and regret that I read the front page headline "Towering rage as battle is lost" (The Journal, June 24).
Mostly when I swear, except when I am in a gloriously towering rage because, say, a telemarketer interrupted me when I was watching "CSI," I sound a lot like a John Deere tractor.