Definition of Fly off the handle

1. Verb. Get very angry and fly into a rage. "Spam makes me go ballistic"

Definition of Fly off the handle

1. Verb. (idiomatic) to become very angry or enraged; to throw a fit or go crazy ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fly Off The Handle

fly by
fly by the seat of one's pants
fly casting
fly contact
fly fishing
fly front
fly high
fly honeysuckle
fly in the face of
fly in the ointment
fly in the teeth of
fly into a rage
fly like a rock
fly low
fly off
fly off the handle (current term)
fly on
fly on the wall
fly open
fly orchid
fly out
fly out of the traps
fly outs
fly poison
fly rod
fly sheet
fly swatter
fly tent
fly the coop
fly the freak flag

Literary usage of Fly off the handle

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1. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"107 1833 Ant Keziah was in such a pucker to have everything nice, I didn't know but she would fly off the handle.—Seba Smith, ' Major Jack Downing,' p. ..."

2. The Spirit of Labor by Hutchins Hapgood (1907)
"I feared I might fly off the handle at the hypocrisy of society. And, then, too, I thought I would be bored. I wouldn't have anything to work for except ..."

3. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1905)
"575 In consequence of what is inevitable, the head may, and at times docs, fly off the handle of the ax, without negligence. No presumption of negligence ..."

4. Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded by John Russell Bartlett (1877)
"To fly off the handle is to fly into a passion. To go off the handle is to give up the ghost, to die. The allusion is to the head of an axe. ..."

5. The Writings in Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling (1899)
"How are we to do our work if you fly off the handle that way?" "I didn't fly off the handle," said the screw, twirling huskily at the end of the screw-shaft ..."

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