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

a. trying to cheat him

b. doing a good job

c. treating him well

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Contributor: Matt Errey