work oneself into a lather

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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. : to perform work or fulfill duties regularly for wages or salary

  2. : to perform or carry through a task requiring sustained effort or continuous repeated operations

  3. : to exert oneself physically or mentally especially in sustained effort for a purpose or under compulsion or necessity

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

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

  3. : a specific task, duty, function, or assignment often being a part or phase of some larger activity

  1. : suitable or styled for wear while working

  2. : used for work

  3. : involving or engaged in work

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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