lose one's temper


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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.lose one's temper - get very angry and fly into a rage; "The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question"; "Spam makes me go ballistic"
rage - feel intense anger; "Rage against the dying of the light!"
Translations

temper

(ˈtempə) noun
1. a state of mind; a mood or humour. He's in a bad temper.
2. a tendency to become (unpleasant when) angry. He has a terrible temper.
3. a state of anger. She's in a temper.
verb
1. to bring metal to the right degree of hardness by heating and cooling. The steel must be carefully tempered.
2. to soften or make less severe. One must try to temper justice with mercy.
-tempered
having a (certain) state of mind. good-tempered; mean-tempered; sweet-tempered.
keep one's temper
not to lose one's temper. He was very annoyed but he kept his temper.
lose one's temper
to show anger. He lost his temper and shouted at me.
References in classic literature ?
But it is sometimes as difficult to lose one's temper as it is difficult at other times to keep it.
During Ramadan, Muslims take greater effort to avoid gossip or to lose one's temper. In our age of social media, I hope that's extended toward thinking twice about posting rants on Facebook or Twitter.
When we moderns use the phrase, "lose one's temper," we usually mean temper in the sense of "mental balance or composure" (OED 3).