lose one's rag

vb
British
to lose one's temper, lose control of oneself. This mainly working-class expression is of obscure origin; the word rag has meant variously one's tongue, a flag, to tease and to bluster or rage, but none of these senses can be definitively linked to the modern phrase.
► 'Don't you go losing your rag - stay cool.' (EastEnders, British TV soap opera, July 1988)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • lose one's rag — ► lose one s rag informal lose one s temper. Main Entry: ↑rag …   English terms dictionary

  • lose one's rag — (informal) To lose one s temper • • • Main Entry: ↑rag …   Useful english dictionary

  • lose one's rag — verb To become angry. […] he could not have said wherefore. “She was dressed as a bride if you must know,” he said. “But I don’t know what you’ve got to lose your rag about. She’s nothing to you.” Syn: blow ones top, go ape, go apeshit, hit the… …   Wiktionary

  • lose one's rag — Vrb phrs. To lose control in a fit of fury, to be very angry. E.g. You should keep out of Jill s way when she loses her rag; she s got a lethal right hook …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • lose one's rag Brit. — lose one s rag Brit. informal lose one s temper. → rag …   English new terms dictionary

  • lose one's temper — verb get very angry and fly into a rage The professor combusted when the student didn t know the answer to a very elementary question Spam makes me go ballistic • Syn: ↑flip one s lid, ↑blow up, ↑throw a fit, ↑hit the roof, ↑hit the ceiling, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • lose one's temper — Syn: get angry, fly into a rage, erupt; informal go mad, go bananas, have a fit, see red, fly off the handle, blow one s top, hit the roof, lose one s rag; Brit.; informal go spare, throw a wobbly …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • lose one's temper — verb to be explosively angry. To get very cross. When my dad found out I had failed the exams, he completely lost his temper. Syn: blow ones top, go ape, go apeshit, hit the roof, hit the ceiling …   Wiktionary

  • rag — Ⅰ. rag [1] ► NOUN 1) a piece of old cloth, especially one torn from a larger piece. 2) (rags) old or tattered clothes. 3) informal a low quality newspaper. ► VERB ▪ give a decorative effect to (a painted surface) by applying paint with a rag …   English terms dictionary

  • rag — rag1 [rag] noun 1》 a piece of old cloth, especially one torn from a larger piece.     ↘(rags) old or tattered clothes. 2》 (rags) the remnants of something. 3》 informal a low quality newspaper. verb give a decorative effect to by applying paint… …   English new terms dictionary

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