In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips we look at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s tip looks at metaphors used to talk about being angry:
Being angry is like being hot or on fire.
She burned with indignation.
He has a fiery temper.
Jack was a hot-tempered young man.
Their parents were having a heated argument/debate about where to go.
They were having a blazing/flaming row.
She often flares up over nothing.
It made my blood boil.
I lost my cool.
Alison was getting very hot under the collar.
Losing your temper is like an explosion.
When she told him, he nearly exploded.
He blew up at her.
Steve couldn’t contain his anger any longer.
It was an explosive situation.
I’m sorry I blew my top.
There was another angry outburst from Chris.
Alex was bursting with anger.
She’ll blow a fuse/a gasket if she finds out.
Bob went ballistic when he saw what they had done.
A major row erupted at the meeting.
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