temper tantrum
Tantrum Tan"trum, n. 1. A whim; an affected air. [Colloq. and archaic] --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

2. A display of ill-humor, especially a demonstration of rage or frustration by shouting or violent physical movements, such as the stamping of feet; called also {temper tantrum}. It is usually associated with children, but is sometimes seen in adults. [PJC]

3. [fig.] A display of anger expressed by irrationally striking out at innocent targets or inanimate objects; as, the governor was so insulted by the article, he threw a temper tantrum and cancelled the ceremony. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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