As hard as nails
get worked up If you get worked up about something, you become upset, annoyed or excited, often unnecessarily.
“It’s his first day at school tomorrow and he’s all worked up about it.”
go bananas If someone becomes very emotional and starts behaving in a crazy way, they go bananas.
“If you announce that you are going to drop out of school, your parents will go bananas!”
go off the deep end If a person goes off the deep end, they become so angry or upset that they cannot control their emotions.
“Eva will go off the deep end if her kids leave the kitchen in a mess again.”
go to pieces If you go to pieces, for example after a terrible shock, you are so upset or distressed that you cannot lead a normal life.
“Jack nearly went to pieces when his son died in a car crash.”
groan inwardly If you groan inwardly, you feel like expressing despair, disapproval or distress, but you remain silent.
“On his return, when Pete saw the pile of files on his desk, he groaned inwardly.”
guilty pleasure Enjoying something which is not generally held in high regard, while at the same time feeling a bit guilty about it, is called a guilty pleasure. “Reading gossip magazines is a guilty pleasure for many women… and some men too!”
(as) hard as nails A person who is (as) hard as nails is unsentimental and shows no sympathy.
“Don’t expect any sympathy from him. He’s as hard as nails.”
head over heels in love (with someone) When a person falls passionately in love with another, they are said to be head over heels in love.
“Tony’s only interest at the moment is Maria. He’s head over heels in love with her!”
change of heart If someone has a change of heart, they change their attitude or feelings, especially towards greater friendliness or cooperation.
“He was against charity, but he had a change of heart when he saw the plight of the homeless.”
couldn’t give a hoot To say that you don’t or couldn’t give a hoot means that you don’t care at all about something.
“She wears eccentric clothes but she couldn’t give a hoot about what others think.”