work oneself into a lather

Definition of work oneself into a lather

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

    :  the labor, task, or duty that is one's accustomed means of livelihood

  1. :  used for work

    :  suitable or styled for wear while working

    :  involving or engaged in work

  1. :  to bring to pass :  effect

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

    :  to make or decorate with needlework

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

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

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

    :  an agitated or overwrought state :  dither

  1. :  to spread lather over

    :  to beat severely :  flog

    :  to form a lather or a froth like lather

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