Strike a raw nerve

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let off steam A per­son who lets off steam re­leases sur­plus en­ergy or strong feel­ings ei­ther through in­tense phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity or by talk­ing in an un­re­strained man­ner.

“Let’s bring the kids to the play­ground so they can let off steam.”

steamed up If some­one gets steamed up about some­thing, they be­come very an­gry, ex­cited or en­thu­si­as­tic about it.

“Calm down - there’s no need to get all steamed up about it!”

in a stew When some­one is in a stew about some­thing, they are wor­ried and ag­i­tated.

“When she was or­gan­is­ing the wed­ding re­cep­tion, Laura got into a stew over the seat­ing ar­range­ments.”

in a stitherum Some­one who is (all) in a stitherum is ex­cited, ag­i­tated or con­fused about some­thing.

“The mayor’s res­ig­na­tion cre­ated quite a stitherum in the town.”

strike/hit a raw nerve If some­thing you say strikes or hits a raw nerve, it up­sets some­one be­cause they are very sen­si­tive about the sub­ject.

“You struck a raw nerve when you men­tioned divorce. They’re sep­a­rat­ing.”

swal­low one’s pride If you swal­low your pride, you ac­cept some­thing hu­mil­i­at­ing or em­bar­rass­ing, for ex­am­ple hav­ing to ad­mit that you are wrong or that you have less knowl­edge that you thought.

“When Jill failed the exam, she had to swal­low her pride and re­peat the course.”

sweet noth­ings Pleas­ant but unim­por­tant words that lovers say to each other are called sweet noth­ings. “He whis­pered sweet noth­ings in her ear as they danced.”

take a fancy (to some­one) If you take a fancy to some­one or some­thing, you de­velop a fond­ness for them or be­gin to like them.

“I think Paul has taken a fancy to the new in­tern!”

take a load/weight off your mind If some­thing takes a load (or weight) off some­one’s mind, it brings great re­lief be­cause a prob­lem has been solved.

“When the com­pany closed down, find­ing a new job took a load off Tom’s mind.”

tear your hair out If some­one is tear­ing their hair out, they are ex­tremely ag­i­tated or dis­tressed about some­thing.

“I’ve been tear­ing my hair out all morn­ing try­ing to find a park­ing space!”

on ten­ter­hooks A per­son who is on ten­ter­hooks is in a state of anx­ious sus­pense or ex­cite­ment.

“The can­di­dates were kept on ten­ter­hooks for hours while the panel de­lib­er­ated.”

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