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to be fed up (to the back teeth):
extremely annoyed or unhappy.
to be at one's wits' end
be overwhelmed with problems and at a loss as to what to do next.
to have/ throw a fit
to be very shocked or angry.
to go off the deep end
to be very shocked or angry.
to go spare
to become extremely angry or distraught.
to do one's nut
to be extremely angry; go into a rage
to blow a fuse
to lose one's temper.
someone's blood is up
one is in a fighting mood.
to be after someone's blood
to be very angry with someone and threatening to harm them.
to be out for blood
to seek vengeance in an especially hostile or belligerent manner.
to drive someone up to the wall
to make someone very irritated, annoyed or angry.
to drive/send someone round the bend/twist
to make someone very bored or very angry.
to rub someone up the wrong way
irritate or repel someone (as by stroking a cat against the lie of its fur).
to get/put someone's back up
make someone annoyed or angry.
to ruffle someone's feathers
cause someone to become annoyed or upset.
to put/ send the cat among the pigeons
say or do something that is likely to cause trouble or controversy.
to not be on speaking terms
to be so angry with each other that they refuse to speak to each other.
to give someone an earful
to tell someone how angry you are with them.
to give someone a piece of one's mind
to rebuke someone, to tell someone how angry you are with them.
to know something inside out
to know something very thoroughly.
to know one's stuff
when someone is good at doing something because they know a lot about it.
to have a familiar ring to something
to seem or sound like something you have heard or seen before (often with a name).
to ring a bell
to sound familiar.
to haven't (got)/don't have a clue
not to know at all
to haven't (got)/ don't have the faintest idea
not to really know at all
to cannot remember for the life of someone
to cannot remember at all
to be out of touch
lacking knowledge or information concerning current events and developments.
to do not ring any bells to someone
not to think to have ever heard before, unfamiliar.
to put two and two together
to draw an obvious conclusion from what is known or evident.
to get (hold of) the wrong end of the stick
to come to the wrong conclusion.
to put something down to experience
to decide to learn from a bad thing that has happened instead of being upset.
to know where one stands
know what your opinion or situation is.
to learn one's lesson
someone who punishes someone for something that they have done so that they do not do it again.
to give someone food for thought
something that makes you think very seriously about it.
to get the message
to understand what is meant
to set/ put the record straight
to give the true version of events that have been reported incorrectly; correct a misapprehension.
to hear something on/ through the grapevine
to hear news from someone who heard the news from someone else:
a figment of one's imagination
something that does not really exist and is just imagination.
to lose the sight of
to have forgotten an important, central fact or truth about something.
what beats someone
said when someone does do not understand a situation or someone's behavior.
to have second thoughts about
to change your opinion about something or start to doubt it.
the ins and outs
all the details.
to have had it up there
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