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hot under the collar

Meaning: If you are hot under the collar, you feel angry or annoyed about something.

For example:

  • The coach was getting hot under the collar because he thought the referee was making unfair decisions against his players.

  • We could see Matt was getting hot under the collar because of what Ken was saying, so we changed the subject.

Quick Quiz:

Henry always gets hot under the collar when he thinks people are
  1. trying to cheat him
  2. doing a good job
  3. treating him well

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