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English for Angry Situations

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These are some useful adjectives, idioms and slang you can use the next time someone gets angry.

Angry Adjectives:

Here are some adjectives that we use that mean angry. They are show strong anger. They can be used in any situation - none of them are slang.

  • Enraged
  • Furious
  • Infuriated
  • Irate
  • Livid

Angry Idioms

Here are some idioms that can be used in angry situations

To have a face like thunder

To look angry / to have an angry appearance:

"Stay away from Mr.Thomas, he's got a face like thunder. I don't know what happened to make him so angry."

To hit the roof

To get very angry and fly into a rage:

"He hit the roof when I told him that someone had scratched his car."

To drive someone crazy

Something that makes you angry drives you crazy:

"It drives me crazy when people talk loudly in the cinema."

Angry Slang

Here are some commonly used slang expressions that show someone is angry. These are casual expressions and should not be used in formal situations. They all mean the same thing: "She became angry."

  • "She goes bananas if parks in her parking space."
  • "She went ballistic when I broke her mobile phone."
  • She will go mental when she finds out what you did."
  • She totally lost it. You should go and apologise. She's really angry with you."
  • She went postal. I've never seen anyone get so angry."

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