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A connection with idioms. The idioms are grouped jointly in line with subject.
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D J spent all afternoon hot and bothered excited; anxious. (Inbiting my nails, worrying about you. • We've all been biting our nails from worry. formal. ) • Now don't get hot and bothered. Take it easy. • John is bundle of nerves someone who is very hot and bothered about the tax increase. nervous and anxious. D Mary was a ill at ease uneasy; anxious. • I feel ill at bundle of nerves until she heard that she ease about the interview. O You look ill passed the test. • You always seem to be at ease.
What a horrible day! on the warpath angry and upset (at someone). ) • Oh, oh. Here comes Mrs. Smith. She's on the warpath again. • Why are you always on the warpath? What's wrong? see red to be angry. ) • Whenever I think of the needless destruction of trees, I see red. • Bill really saw red when the tax bill arrived. steamed up angry. ) • What Bob said really got me steamed up. • Why do you get so steamed up about nothing? up in arms rising up in anger; (figuratively or literally) armed with weapons.
Step-by-step little by little, one step at a time. ) • Just follow the instructions step-by-step, and everything will be fine. • The old man slowly moved across the lawn step-by step. ANGER - RELEASE ANGER See also ENMITY, INCITE. (as) mad as a hatter angry. • You make me so angry! I'm as mad as a hatter. • John can't control his temper. He's always mad as a hatter. (as) mad as a hornet angry. • You make me so angry. I'm as mad as a hornet. • Jane can get mad as a hornet when somebody criticizes her.