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Saying somebody is angry

There are many things in the UK today that make people angry. So we have lots of phrases for describing people when they are in a bad temper. Here are ten of them.

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing

  1. (A bit) annoyed.
  2. (A bit) peeved.
  3. Wound up.
  4. None too pleased.
  5. In a foul mood. / In a temper
  6. (Absolutely) furious / fuming
  7. Go through the roof / Go ballistic
  8. Be on the warpath
  9. Storm out
  10. See red

How To Use These Phrases In Your English

  1. Phrases 1, 2 and 3 are not very strong. They mean that the person is unhappy with the situation but not shouting or getting violent. If we use 'A bit' they are even weaker.
  2. Phrase 4 is quite formal and a little old-fashioned. This phrase is suitable for formal letters and letters of complaint.
  3. In phrase 5, a 'foul mood' is much stronger than a 'temper'.
  4. Phrase 6 is very strong. If a person is furious or fuming, they are probably shouting or complaining a lot.
  5. Phrase 7 means that the person suddenly becomes angry as a result of something that has happened.
  6. Phrase 8 means that somebody is very angry and may verbally or physically attack somebody if they annoy him / her an more.
  7. In phrase 9, if somebody 'storms out', they leave a room or meeting suddenly because something has made them very angry.
  8. Phrase 10 means that somebody becomes extremely angry as a result of seeing or hearing something.