road rage


Definition of road rage 

: a motorist's uncontrolled anger that is usually provoked by another motorist's irritating act and is expressed in aggressive or violent behavior

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A week after the incident, New York state police announced Thursday that two suspects have been arrested in the alleged road rage attack: Phillip O. Quandt Jr., 50, and Kristen P. Wright, 51. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "‘We are the white supremacists:’ NY drivers hit black family’s SUV with frying pan, witnesses say | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 The opening scene finds two adults getting into a physical altercation due to road rage while pedestrians do nothing to halt the dispute and keep their phones out in hopes of filming a viral moment. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Classified Hopes to Spark Change in Society With New 'Fallen' Video: Premiere," 29 June 2018 Getting road rage on the driver's behalf and swearing at other drivers 15. Fox News, "20 reasons why you may be a backseat driver," 7 June 2018 Police say the incident may be related to road rage. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Off-duty Texas cop shot six times outside strip club following road rage incident," 30 May 2018 Defense attorney Stacey Graus said his client showed no signs of impairment and the crash was the result of road rage. Jennie Key,, "DUI or road rage? Pollitt murder case heads to closing arguments," 26 June 2018 Many drivers have felt the red hot flash of road rage. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Man who pooped on driver during road rage incident says he just 'had to drop it'," 12 June 2018 The third case was an episode of road rage, Mr. Shah said, in which another person punched through a window on Dr. Jackson’s car. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "White House Says Records Don’t Match Accusation Against Jackson," 27 Apr. 2018 The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a Gretna man accused of brandishing a pistol at a woman during a bout of road rage. Michelle Hunter,, "Gretna driver with road rage flashed gun at woman, JPSO said," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of road rage

1988, in the meaning defined above

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