(to be) hot under the collar

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - hot under the collar

"(to be) hot under the collar"

to be angry


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - hot under the collar

"(to be) hot under the collar"

to be embarrassed or nervous


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hot under the collar

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I suppose it is my turn to go golfing with the boss this afternoon.

Colleague 2:  You don't sound very happy.

Colleague 1:  It is just that the boss can get so angry when his game is off.

Colleague 2:  He does get hot under the collar on the golf course.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hot under the collar

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  I really don't like public speaking.

Student 2:  Why is that?

Student 1:  I get really embarrassed when I am in front of so many people.

Student 2:  It is natural to feel a little hot under the collar in that situation. Just do your best.

(to be) hot under the collar - Usage:


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(to be) hot under the collar - Gerund Form:

Being hot under the collar, he was easily upset while driving in traffic.

Being hot under the collar is natural when speaking in public.

(to be) hot under the collar - Examples:

1)  Meet a man who's getting hot under the collar about something he's passionate about.

2)  It's a topic that gets everyone hot under the collar -- companies ripping off the government, big tax breaks, etc.

3)  The critics view all the impositions as unfair. I occasionally feel hot under the collar and want to respond to them, but I have to bite my tongue because ...

4)  ... those that add a comment, get so hot under the collar about the iPad and the iPhone?

5)  ... getting hot under the collar about it is pointless. Please, breath deeply, relax and move on.

6)  Strange how some who regard themselves as Celts get so hot under the collar when cherished myths are subjected to question and scrutiny.

7)  Don't get to hot under the collar about this. Its about political maneuvering and signaling to different groups of the electorate ...

8)  We are already seeing investors, getting hot under the collar about their return on investment.

9)  People tend to get unreasonably hot under the collar in discussions about climate science.

10)  I've never gotten hot under the collar about our lingual differences but my British step-son-in-law has, rather than laugh about it ...

11)  ... keep it polite. An internet conversation is not something to get hot under the collar about.

12)  Ouch. I get hot under the collar just reading about the idea of teachers drawing over your work.

13)  ... a whole bunch of CI investigators were more than a little hot under the collar, thinking he'd get off in a German court with an espionage conviction and ...

14)  Forgive me, I get a little hot under the collar when it comes to the subject of marriage equality. 

15)  Calling athletes failures and getting hot under the collar over a sporting event has left a bad taste in my mouth.

16)  In fact if something I read re politics gets me "hot under the collar" I cycle faster! 

17)  I was still a little hot under the collar but he got me smiling again.

18)  What fires you up, makes you feel excited or gets you hot under the collar -- where are your passions?

19)  ... level of composure on your behalf. Keeping cool when you are hot under the collar takes practice.

20)  Yes, I have days where I get hot under the collar about something but I pretty quickly turn it around and think of the positive that ...