towering rage, in a

in a towering rage

Extremely, viciously angry. I'd steer clear of the boss right now—he's in a towering rage over that shipping error. Dad was in a towering rage because of what happened. I've never seen him that angry before!
See also: rage, towering
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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
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