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a soft answer turneth away wrath

Responding to someone in a calm, humble manner will help assuage their anger or avoid any further trouble. The expression originated in the Bible, in Proverbs 15:1: "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." I know you're really upset over these accusations, but losing your temper with them now will only ensure you lose your job. Remember—a soft answer turneth away wrath. With two parents who were constantly at each others' throats—and all too quick to snap at us as well—I grew up with the knowledge that a soft answer turneth away wrath.
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a soft answer turns away wrath

Responding to someone in a calm, humble manner will help assuage their anger or avoid any further trouble. The expression originated in the Bible, in Proverbs 15:1: "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." I know you're really upset over these accusations, but losing your temper with them now will only ensure you lose your job. Remember—a soft answer turns away wrath. With two parents who were constantly at each others' throats—and all too quick to snap at us as well—I grew up with the knowledge that a soft answer turns away wrath.
See also: answer, away, soft, turn, wrath

feel like the wrath of God

1. To be or seem extremely damaging, destructive, punitive, etc. The hurricane felt like the wrath of God as it descended on our city.
2. To feel utterly miserable or horribly unwell. We were doing shots of tequila all night long, and I woke up feeling like the wrath of God.
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let not the sun go down on your wrath

proverb Always make amends before the day is done; do not go to sleep angry. I know you're mad at him right now, but let not the sun go down on your wrath, or you'll be stewing in resentment for days to come.
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look like the wrath of God

To look wretched or atrocious. I spent hours doing my hair and makeup, but after walking in the rain for an hour, I looked like the wrath of God! I tried making a cake for the first time today. It looked like the wrath of God, but it tasted good!
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soft answer turneth away wrath

Prov. If you speak softly and meekly to someone who is angry with you, that person will calm down. (Biblical.) It won't do any good for you to yell at John because he yelled at you. Remember that a soft answer turneth away wrath.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

grapes of wrath

n. wine. Fred had taken a little too much of the grapes of wrath.
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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.

wrath of God, look/feel like the

Look a mess, feel miserable. Originally the wrath of God literally meant the anger of the Almighty, and it appears a number of times in the New Testament. Likening it to human appearance or feelings, however, dates only from the twentieth century. W. R. Duncan used it in The Queen’s Messenger (1982), “Are you ill? You look like the wrath of God.” It has largely replaced a late nineteenth-century synonym, to look like the wreck of the Hesperus, which alludes to a once very popular poem of 1841, “The Wreck of the Hesperus,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (it describes an actual shipwreck off the New England coast).
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Save it were the cankered wrath of an old witch like Mistress Hibbins," added he, attempting to smile, "I know nothing that I would not sooner encounter than this passion in a child.
The dark and fearful sea of the subtle Ulysses' wanderings, agitated by the wrath of Olympian gods, harbouring on its isles the fury of strange monsters and the wiles of strange women; the highway of heroes and sages, of warriors, pirates, and saints; the workaday sea of Carthaginian merchants and the pleasure lake of the Roman Caesars, claims the veneration of every seaman as the historical home of that spirit of open defiance against the great waters of the earth which is the very soul of his calling.
He consigned them to red regions; he called upon the pestilential wrath of strange gods.
I cannot forgive myself, and shall never pander to the Man of Wrath's wishes again.
I ought to have let it go, but the temptation to keep it until the Man of Wrath, at present on a journey, has seen it was not to be resisted, as he has often said how much he would like to have a young owl and try and tame it.
His wrath, once expended, did not return, and blinking feebly he listened to excuses and self-justifications (Ermolov did not come to see him till the next day) and to the insistence of Bennigsen, Konovnitsyn, and Toll that the movement that had miscarried should be executed next day.