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10 English Expressions and Idioms about Anger

Control Your Anger Before it Controls You

Advanced English Conversation Class on Anger

Advanced English Conversation Class on Anger

Do you ever blow your top? Has someone ever bitten your head off? Do you have a bone to pick with anyone?

In this video we look at the meaning of these common English expressions and other idioms related to anger.

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Lesson Notes - English Expressions and Idioms

Here is the key English vocabulary from the conversation lesson, with an example of each word in context:



1. I’ve got a bone to pick with you!

E.g. Hey, Bill. I’ve got a bone to pick with you. I lent you 20€ last week and you still haven’t paid me back.  


2.  To  bite someone’s head off.

E.g.  Don’t bite my head off.  


3. To be up in arms about something.

E.g.  Local traders are up in arms over the effect of the new parking regulations on their businesses.  


4.  Go ballistic.

E.g.  It took almost an hour to get our food, and Dad  went ballistic when they brought him the wrong thing.  


5. Blow your top.

E.g.  Almost all parents blow their tops from time to time.  




1. Upset =  sad, angry

E.g. Mom was really upset that we didn’t call to tell we had arrived safely.  


2. Mad = crazy, angry

E.g. I get so mad at her when she lies to me.  


3. Cross

E.g. You ate all the cookies. Now I’m cross with you!  


4. Furious = very angry

E.g.  My girlfriend was furious with me when I forgot to pick her up from the airport.  


5. Livid =  extremely angry

E.g. The rude comment from his mother-in-law made him livid. 


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