road rage

noun

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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Gun possession is correlated with increased road rage. Susanna Lee, Quartz, "How the ‘good guy with a gun’ became a deadly American fantasy," 7 June 2019 In addition to debating how much Mendes would pay for a pair of Justin Bieber‘s underwear, and working on amping up the crooner’s road rage, the duo also chatted about how Mendes just moved out of his parents’ home. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Shawn Mendes Reveals His Extreme Harry Potter Obsession During Carpool Karaoke Ride — Watch," 5 June 2018 Nicholas D’Agostino, 29, is linked to at least three road rage shootings, all occuring in the Houston suburb of Katy, officials said. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Man shot at women drivers, thinking only men should operate vehicles, authorities say," 25 Aug. 2018 And the road rage is palpable and knuckle-clenching as a traveling salesman tries to avoid getting run off the road and killed by a vengeful big rig driver. 20. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "All of Steven Spielberg's movies (including 'Ready Player One'), ranked," 28 Mar. 2018 According to the arrest affidavit, road rage prompted Ferrell to allegedly shoot Mosby. CBS News, "Man arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting Postal worker in Texas," 22 Feb. 2018 The top 20 list of annoyances also includes being involved in road rage on the driver’s behalf, holding hands over their face and insisting on giving directions – usually when they are not needed. Fox News, "20 reasons why you may be a backseat driver," 7 June 2018 The radio audio from NASCAR’s race at Kansas Speedway last weekend had a common theme: road rage. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "NASCAR drivers had one thought during race: 'Get the (expletive) out of the way!'," 16 May 2018 In separate 2012 cases, drivers reported that Drejka waved a gun at them during road rage confrontations. Tamara Lush, The Seattle Times, "Bail, conditions set for man charged in fatal shooting," 14 Aug. 2018

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1988, in the meaning defined above

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