work oneself into a lather

Definition of work oneself into a lather

:to become very upset
  • He worked himself into a lather thinking of his former wife and her new boyfriend.

Word by Word Definitions

work play
  1. : activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something:

  2. : sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result

  3. : activity that a person engages in regularly to earn a livelihood

  1. : used for work

  2. : suitable or styled for wear while working

  3. : involving or engaged in work

  1. : to bring to pass : effect

  2. : to fashion or create a useful or desired product by expending labor or exertion on : forge, shape

  3. : to make or decorate with needlework

oneself play
  1. : a person's self : one's own self

  2. : one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self

lather play
  1. : a foam or froth formed when a detergent (such as soap) is agitated in water

  2. : foam or froth from profuse sweating (as on a horse)

  3. : an agitated or overwrought state : dither

  1. : to spread lather over

  2. : to beat severely : flog

  3. : to form a lather or a froth like lather


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