March hare

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March hare

n.
A hare in breeding season, when it typically engages in aggressive behavior.

[So called because hares were traditionally said to engage in such behavior in the month of March.]

March hare

n
(Animals) a hare during its breeding season in March, noted for its wild and excitable behaviour (esp in the phrase mad as a March hare)
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I am very fond of them, though I often have to be scolding them; they are all as silly and mad as march hares."
`lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they're both mad.'
Alice waited a little, half expecting to see it again, but it did not appear, and after a minute or two she walked on in the direction in which the March Hare was said to live.
She had not gone much farther before she came in sight of the house of the March Hare: she thought it must be the right house, because the chimneys were shaped like ears and the roof was thatched with fur.
I was as mad as a March hare, and after that I got only madder.
To the ancients, mad March hares were simply moon-struck!
Speaking of their first success, finding a lost cat called Rusty, Colin, from Guildford, said: "I jumped into the air and yelled, 'Yes!' We both cavorted around the field like a pair of mad march hares.
Division 2: Moffat Rams 6 March Hares 2; Wetheral Wolverines 2 Springfield Scorpions 6; Moffat Rams 2 Route 76 6; March Hares 2 Springfield Sharks 6.
To begin, we are more than a week from the month of March, and everyone knows that no march hares go mad until then.
The sight of lambs and mad March hares should cheer a heart of steel But some curse nature blocking cash when cooking up a deal.
Martin Hughes-Games, meanwhile, reports on marsh harriers and avocets, while Simon King is in Scotland to film the mad March hares.
Hare stare Mad March hares stage sparring matches during the breeding season which runs into summer