spitting feathers

Idiom

Spitting Feathers

Definition

To be extremely angry.

Examples

After his team lost the match, he was spitting feathers.

I was spitting feathers when I saw the damage they had done to my car.

She was spitting feathers when she found out he had lied to her.

Origin

The origin of ‘Spitting Feathers’ is thought to be from the late 19th century. It comes from the idea of a rooster being so angry that the feathers on its neck stand on end.

FAQs

Question

What does ‘Spitting Feathers’ mean?

Answer

‘Spitting Feathers’ is an idiom which means to be extremely angry.

Question

Where does the idiom ‘Spitting Feathers’ originate from?

Answer

The origin of ‘Spitting Feathers’ is thought to be from the late 19th century. It comes from the idea of a rooster being so angry that the feathers on its neck stand on end.