throw a wobbly/wobbler

throw a wobbly/wobbler
   When someone, usually a capricious person, throws a wobbly, they have a fit of nerves or bad temper and lose all self-control.
   

He's very calm - not the sort of man to throw a wobbly if he doesn't have a clean shirt!


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  • throw a wobbly/wobbler — vb British to suddenly behave irrationally or to have a temper tantrum. This phrase has become popular in Britain since the end of the 1970s, but dates from the 1950s. Its exact derivation is unclear, but may reflect simply an attack of shaking… …   Contemporary slang

  • throw a wobbly —    / wobbler    When someone, usually a capricious person, throws a wobbly, they have a fit of nerves or bad temper and lose all self control.     He s very calm not the sort of man to throw a wobbly if he doesn t have a clean shirt! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • throw a wobbly — Vrb phrs. Become very angry. Also throw a wobbler and chuck a wobbly. E.g. He threw a wobbly when he found her having sex with the plumber on the kitchen floor …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • wobbler — n British about of erratic, neurotic or extreme behaviour. The term usually occurs in the phrase throw a wobbly/wobbler. The wob bling in question is probably the unstead iness or trembling of a disturbed or uncontrolled subject and the usage may …   Contemporary slang

  • wobbly — n British about of erratic, neurotic or extreme behaviour. The term usually occurs in the phrase throw a wobbly/wobbler. The wob bling in question is probably the unstead iness or trembling of a disturbed or uncontrolled subject and the usage may …   Contemporary slang

  • Wobbler — To throw a wobbly or to throw a wobbler means to have a tantrum. Normally happens when you tell your kids they can t have an ice cream or that it s time for bed …   The American's guide to speaking British

  • wobbler /wobbly — Noun. A fit of panic, nerves, anger. See throw a wobbly …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • throw a wobbler — vb British to suddenly behave irrationally or to have a temper tantrum. This phrase has become popular in Britain since the end of the 1970s, but dates from the 1950s. Its exact derivation is unclear, but may reflect simply an attack of shaking… …   Contemporary slang

  • throw a wobbler — British & Australian, informal to suddenly become very angry. She saw Peter talking to an attractive blonde and threw a wobbly …   New idioms dictionary

  • List of British words not widely used in the United States — Differences between American and British English American English …   Wikipedia

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