fly off the handleINFORMAL
Meaning: 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
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Contributor: Matt Errey