to have a bee in your bonnet

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - have a bee in your bonnet

"to have a bee in your bonnet"

to be very involved in something that you think is important, in a way that other people find annoying


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - have a bee in your bonnet

Two friends are talking at the mall ...

Friend 1:  Oh, look, here comes Anne.

Friend 2:  Let's zip around the corner and hope she doesn't notice us.

Friend 1:  Why do you want to avoid Anne? 

Friend 2:  She has been talking non-stop about this new cause she is involved in and she's always trying to get other people involved. It gets a little annoying.

Friend 1:  What's she got a bee in her bonnet about?

Friend 2:  Does it matter?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - have a bee in your bonnet

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  The boss is driving me crazy.

Colleague 2:  What's going on?

Colleague 1:  This morning when I came out of the washroom, she asked how many paper towels I had used to dry my hands.

Colleague 2:  She has seemed a little obsessed lately with cost-cutting initiatives.

Colleague 1:  And I am OK with cost-cutting but her relentlessness is getting upsetting.

Colleague 2:  Well, what can we do when the boss has a bee in her bonnet?

Colleague 1:  Hope it passes?

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to have a bee in your bonnet - Gerund Form:

Having a bee in your bonnet about other people's driving habits can cause irritation to your friends.

to have a bee in your bonnet - Examples:

1)  I really get a bee in my bonnet when my fellow women intellectuals infer that every woman wears the burqa under duress.

2)  I've a bee in my bonnet at the moment about why parents criticize each other and I agree we should celebrate ...

3)  ... three older brothers so I've always had a bit of a bee in my bonnet about being able to do anything a guy could do,' she said.

4)  One good suggestion, which has been a bee in my bonnet for many years, is strengthening the role of chambers of commerce and using them ...

5)  ... do it because I enjoy it and because I have a bee in my bonnet I want to share -- maybe people might want to listen.

6)  Another one, sorry but I have a bee in my bonnet over this one, is the family who do not buy speedy boarding but ask ...

7)  I've got a bee in my bonnet about films and documentaries that concentrate on Cambodia but haven't yet been shown here ...

8)  I get a bee in my bonnet sometimes and nothing will do but to hunt down whatever it is and solve the problem.

9)  However Ive always had a bee in my bonnet about OMS products as they look very well constructed etc.

10)  This is something which I've had a bee in my bonnet from a commercial perspective for a while now.

11)  I know, I know. But he's just got a bee in his bonnet about women being horrible.

12)  ... but he had something of a bee in his bonnet about it and used to return to this meme frequently ...

13)  Aidan gets a bee in his bonnet over something and starts crying that I love Dylan more than I love him.

14)  Harry's always going around opening windows. He's got a bee in his bonnet about fresh air.

15)  ... invite such abuse from anyone anywhere in the world who has a bee in their bonnet about life in general or the tweeter in particular.

16)  Once a local gets a bee in their bonnet about something, it can be a long time before they move on.

17)  When the politicians get a bee in their bonnet they run around promoting a 'bill' with their so called 'ideas' ...

18)  She once got a bee in her bonnet about the noise of the pump in the swimming pool, reckoned it was keeping ...

19)  Why do you have such a bee in your bonnet regarding my querying the credentials of Rabi's rabbinic status?

20)  ... you clearly have a bee in your bonnet about something and are using historical examples of bad people doing bad things in the ...