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Idiom

Flying off the handle

Meaning
Suddenly become very angry
Origin
Flying off the handle Imagine an 18-century axe! They look very simple, although a lot of them were poorly made in the past. Oftentimes, it was a problem that the head of the axe would come and fly off its handle.
Examples

Mary is a very impatient person – if you arrive 5 minutes late to the party, she will fly off the handle.

Yesterday, I didn’t bring my homework to school. The teacher flew off the handle; it was crazy!

My dad can fly off the handle when you don’t do any housework.