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hit the ceiling

Definition of hit the ceiling


  1. :  to become very angry or upset <His parents really hit the ceiling when they found out he had flunked out of school.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to reach with or as if with a blow

    :  to come in contact with

    :  to strike (as a ball) with an object (as a bat, club, or racket) so as to impart or redirect motion

  1. :  an act or instance of hitting or being hit

    :  a stroke of luck

    :  a great success

  1. :  the overhead inside lining of a room

    :  material used to ceil a wall or roof of a room

    :  something thought of as an overhanging shelter or a lofty canopy

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