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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ben Beall said, speculating the shooting may be an incident of road rage, per the station. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2022 Together, the two star in Netflix’s upcoming comedy drama Beef, which follows two people consumed by revenge after a road rage incident. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Mar. 2023 The woman who had been accused of fatally shooting a motorist in August 2018 during a road rage incident in Haltom City was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison, the Tarrant County district attorney’s office announced Thursday. Hojun Choi, Dallas News, 30 Mar. 2023 The crash is being treated as a road rage incident and remains under investigation, the statement said. Haley Hersey,, 26 Mar. 2023 Hamilton was fatally shot and killed Jan. 11, 2023, a day after his Facebook post, during an apparent road rage incident on Interstate 65 in Greenwood. The Indianapolis Star, 23 Mar. 2023 The victim told police that he had been involved in a road rage incident with another vehicle while driving southbound on Cumberland approaching Talcott, a police news release indicated. Chicago Tribune, 22 Mar. 2023 The series follows the aftermath after two strangers get into a road rage incident and cause a big reaction. Julia Maccary, Variety, 15 Mar. 2023 That altercation also included a road rage incident after the one that took place inside the adult establishment. Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel, 3 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of road rage was in 1988

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“Road rage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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