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hot under the collar

Definition of hot under the collar

informal

  1. :  angry or upset <He tends to get a little hot under the collar when his wife keeps him waiting.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  having a relatively high temperature

    :  capable of giving a sensation of heat or of burning, searing, or scalding

    :  having heat in a degree exceeding normal body heat

  1. :  hotly

    :  fast, quickly

  1. :  heat

    :  one that is hot (as a hot meal or a horse just after a workout)

  1. :  heat, warm

underplay
  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  facing or protruding downward

    :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

collarplay
  1. :  a band, strip, or chain worn around the neck: as

    :  a band that serves to finish or decorate the neckline of a garment

    :  a short necklace

  1. :  to seize by the collar or neck

    :  arrest, grab

    :  to get control of :  preempt


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