up in arms

This page is about the slang term up in arms.

Meaning: angry

For example:

  • All the locals were up in arms about plans for the new airport, and they organised a protest to try and stop it.

  • Lots of people were up in arms over the government's plan to give billions of dollars of taxpayers' money to huge corporations.

Quick Quiz:

Most people were up in arms over the

a. higher income taxes

b. lower income taxes

c. lack of income taxes

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Contributor: Matt Errey