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Hot under the collar


Irritate. Angry. The phrase inspires a cartoon of someone so mad steam is coming from their collar/neck area. The reference to collar suggests the one being mad is either a priest or a boss (wearing a tie.) (Compare to Mad as a wet hen, Blow a fuse or Fly off the handle.) {see 50 Levels of Anger video}

“I was late in driving the boss to the airport and he got hot under the collar and fired me.”

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