burst a blood vessel

Idiom

Burst a blood vessel

Definition

This phrase means to become extremely angry, frustrated, or stressed, to the point of physical strain.

Examples

He was so angry that he looked like he was about to burst a blood vessel.

I was so stressed that I thought I was going to burst a blood vessel.

Origin

This idiom is believed to have originated in the early 17th century from the literal meaning of the phrase.

FAQs

Is it dangerous to burst a blood vessel?

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