off the handle
phrasal into a state of sudden and violent anger — usually used with fly

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fly off the handle — {v. phr.}, {informal} To become very angry. * /John flew off the handle whenever Mary made a mistake./ * /The children s noise made the man next door fly off the handle./ Syn.: LOSE ONE S TEMPER …   Dictionary of American idioms

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