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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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 He has been involved in road rage and domestic violence acts against the women in his life, who, scared to death, later fail to follow through and charges are dropped. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "George Zimmerman proves that he’s an angry man who got away with murder | Miami Herald," 8 May 2018 The get-tough effort is designed to ease traffic congestion — and road rage. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Driving too slow on Virginia highways can cost you $100," 9 Apr. 2018 Watertown Police responded to an alleged road rage incident at approximately 11:20 a.m. near the intersection of Nonantum and Galen Streets in Watertown, Mass., according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Massachusetts woman struck and killed by truck, prompting man to stab the driver, police say," 19 Sep. 2018 Two men were killed after a road rage incident on Interstate 5 in Sacramento turned violent, the California Highway Patrol reported Monday. Lorin Eleni Gill, The Seattle Times, "2 die after road rage fight in Northern California," 13 Aug. 2018 The case in some ways echoed another New Orleans-area road rage shooting from 2016. Kevin Mcgill, Houston Chronicle, "Man gets 30 years for road rage killing of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight," 15 Mar. 2018

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1988, in the meaning defined above

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