up in arms

Meaning: If you are up in arms, you are angry about something that you think is unfair or wrong.

For example:

  • The taxi drivers are up in arms about the new tax on LPG.

  • Many people expected smokers to be up in arms over the smoking ban, but most of them seem to have accepted it.

Quick Quiz:

Many patients are up in arms over the

a. low cost of the drugs they need

b. high cost of the drugs they need

c. high quality of the drugs they need

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Contributor: Matt Errey