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go spare

To become very angry or irritated. Primarily heard in Australia. I'm going to go spare if this traffic doesn't start moving—I have a very important job interview to get to!
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go spare

BRITISH, INFORMAL
1. If someone goes spare, they become extremely angry. He had arranged a mortgage on his house for three hundred thousand. Katrina would go spare if she found out.
2. If something is going spare, it is available to be used because nobody else is using it. His car is a second-hand Mercedes that was going spare after a senior executive was made redundant.
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go spare

become extremely angry or distraught. British informal
1991 Roddy Doyle The Van Remind me to replace this one…Veronica'll go spare if she goes to get it on Sunday and it's not there.
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go ˈspare

(British English, informal) be very angry: When she found the children drawing on the walls, she went spare.
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And Naomi - who, unsurprisingly, was recently dumped by fashion magnate Matteo Marzotto - went spare when she discovered Shania Twain had managed to wangle her own dressing-room.
Of course his wife went spare and forced him to get his cash back.
Hugh went spare and ordered his aides to 'close down' the situation.
The producers of the Muppets once went spare when a photographer secretly snapped Kermit in a backstage room, hanging limply on a hook.
A pal who refused to be named added: "Toby went spare when Kerry left him.