fly off the handle
This page is about the idiom fly off the handleINFORMAL
If you fly off the handle, you are so angry about something that you lose control of yourself and start screaming and shouting.
- My wife flew off the handle when I said she spent way too much money on ridiculously expensive designer clothes, ankle-breaking shoes and silly little handbags too small to carry anything in.
- Our boss flew off the handle when he saw the mistake. He said he'd fire us this time, but he didn't really mean it ... I hope.
Origin: Possibly related to the dangerous and unpredictable way an axe-head can fly off its handle if it comes loose.
We were having dinner in a restaurant last night when this guy at the next table flew off the handle because
Contributor: Matt Errey