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4th August 2021

Like a bear with a sore head

We use this expression to say that someone is in a bad mood.
IH Bristol Phrase of the Day: Like a bear with a sore head
Usage
Written: 
No
Spoken: 
Yes
Formal: 
No
Informal: 
Yes
Example 1
You’re like a bear with a sore head this morning. What’s wrong with you?
I went out last night and didn’t get to bed until 2 am so I’m really tired.
Ok. I’ll leave you alone then.
Example 2
Can I speak to Michael please?
I’m sorry I don’t think it’s a good time to speak to him. He had a bit too much to drink last night and this morning, he’s like a bear with a sore head.
Maybe I’ll call again tomorrow then.

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