mad\ as\ a\ wet\ hen

mad\ as\ a\ wet\ hen
• mad as a hornet
• mad as hops
• mad as a wet hen
adj. phr. informal
In a fighting mood; very angry.

When my father sees the dent in his fender, he'll be mad as a hornet.

Bill was mad as hops when the fellows went on without him.

Mrs. Harris was mad as a wet hen when the rabbits ate her tulips.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • mad as a wet hen — If someone is as mad as a wet hen, they are extremely angry …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • mad as a hornet — or[mad as hops] or[mad as a wet hen] {adj. phr.}, {informal} In a fighting mood; very angry. * /When my father sees the dent in his fender, he ll be mad as a hornet./ * /Bill was mad as hops when the fellows went on without him./ * /Mrs. Harris… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • mad as a hornet — or[mad as hops] or[mad as a wet hen] {adj. phr.}, {informal} In a fighting mood; very angry. * /When my father sees the dent in his fender, he ll be mad as a hornet./ * /Bill was mad as hops when the fellows went on without him./ * /Mrs. Harris… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hen — O.E. henn, from W.Gmc. *khannjo (Cf. O.Fris. henn, M.Du. henne, O.H.G. henna), fem. of *han(e)ni male fowl, cock (Cf. O.E. hana cock ), lit. bird who sings (for sunrise), from PIE root *kan to sing (see CHANT (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • mad\ as\ a\ hornet — • mad as a hornet • mad as hops • mad as a wet hen adj. phr. informal In a fighting mood; very angry. When my father sees the dent in his fender, he ll be mad as a hornet. Bill was mad as hops when the fellows went on without him. Mrs. Harris was …   Словарь американских идиом

  • mad\ as\ hops — • mad as a hornet • mad as hops • mad as a wet hen adj. phr. informal In a fighting mood; very angry. When my father sees the dent in his fender, he ll be mad as a hornet. Bill was mad as hops when the fellows went on without him. Mrs. Harris was …   Словарь американских идиом

  • mad — {{11}}mad (adj.) late 13c., from O.E. gemædde (pl.) out of one s mind (usually implying also violent excitement), also foolish, extremely stupid, earlier gemæded rendered insane, pp. of a lost verb *gemædan to make insane or foolish, from P.Gmc.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mad — adjective madder, maddest 1 ANGRY (not before noun) informal especially AmE angry: You make me so mad! | Stay clear of Tucker he s mad as hell and looking for a fight. | mad at sb AmE: Don t get mad at me, I m just telling you what Ray said. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hen — See: MAD AS A HORNET or MAD AS HOPS or MAD AS A WET HEN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hen — See: MAD AS A HORNET or MAD AS HOPS or MAD AS A WET HEN …   Dictionary of American idioms

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