IELTS VOCABULARY: Top 21 idioms described Anger, Frustration & Annoyed

In the following article, we provide you with 21 idioms describing feelings (Anger, Frustration & Annoyed) in IELTS Speaking. These are also short, practical idioms clusters, which are used extensively in the IELTS test.

  1. (to be) at your wit’s end 
    Meaning: to be angry, worried, or upset by something and not know what to do next about the situation 
    Example: I’ve been trying to calculate the answer to this math problem and I just can’t get the correct answer. I’m really at my wit’s end
  1. (to) reach the end of your tether 
    Meaning: when you have no energy or patience left to deal with a certain situation 
    Example: I’m really at the end of my tether trying to deal with all these mistakes that my work colleagues have made in this report. 
  1. (to be) sick and tired of something|someone 
    Meaning: to be annoyed, angry, or upset about something or someone and you can’t tolerate it anymore 
    Example: I’m so sick and tired of the neighbours next door singing karaoke all night long every weekend! 
  1. (to) go bananas 
    Meaning: to get very angry (also used when someone gets very excited) 
    Example: My mother went bananas when she found out I had been skipping school. 
  1. (to) flip your lid 
    Meaning: to get very angry (similar to go bananas, and flip out
    Example: The teacher flipped her lid when little Timmy wouldn’t stop talking in class. 
  1. (to) flip out 
    Meaning: to get very angry (similar to go bananas, and flip your lid
    Example: My father flipped out when he realised that I scratched his new car. 
  1. (to) hit the roof (similar to go bananas, and flip your lid
    Meaning: to get very angry, and show your anger by yelling or screaming 
    Example: My parents hit the roof when they found out that I dropped out of university. 
  1. (to be) hot under the collar 
    Meaning: to be angry or extremely annoyed by something 
    Example: Be careful what you say to the boss, he’s a little hot under the collar today. 
  1. (to) freak out 
    Meaning: to be angry, worried, or scared by something 
    Example: I was absolutely freaking out (worried) about my upcoming exam because I hadn’t prepared at all. 
  1. (to) blow your top 
    Meaning: to get very angry (similar to go bananas, and flip your lid
    Example: The boss blew his top when he found out that sales were down by 50% this month, so we really need to work hard this month to catch up. 
  1. (to) get on someone’s nerves 
    Meaning: when something really irritates or annoys somebody 
    Example: My little brother really gets on my nerves when he won’t help me do the house chores. 
  1. (to) make your blood boil 
    Meaning: when something makes you angry or extremely annoyed (similar to get on your nerves but stronger) 
    Example: The way people drive in this city really makes my blood boil sometimes! 
  1. (to) drive someone crazy|mad 
    Meaning: when someone is irritated or annoyed by someone or something 
    Example: Getting stuck in traffic jams during rush hour really drives me crazy!  It really drives my neighbours mad when I play my music loudly late at night. 
  1. (to be) cheesed off 
    Meaning: to be annoyed, irritated, or angry 
    Example: I was so cheesed off when I received my examination results, because I studied so hard for them 
  1. (to have) a face like thunder 
    Meaning: when someone has a very angry expression on their face 
    Example: My father had a face like thunder when he saw the damage that I did to his car 
  1. (to be) like a bear with a sore head 
    Meaning: to be in a very bad, irritable, or grumpy mood, especially when someone is speaking to others in an angry or rude way 
    Example: John was like a bear with a sore head this morning. I think he had a bad day yesterday and didn’t sleep well last night. 
  1. (to) bite your tongue 
    Meaning: to stop yourself from saying something that you really want to, because it might make a situation worse or might offend someone. 
    Example: I had to bite my tongue during the meeting yesterday, otherwise I would have got myself into trouble. 
  1. (to) fly off the handle 
    Meaning: to get so angry that you lose control and start yelling and reacting in an angry manner 
    Example: The school principal flew of the handle when he saw the children graffitiing on the school building 
  1. (to) lose your head|cool|calm 
    Meaning: when something causes you to get angry 
    Example: lost my cool yesterday when the waiter spilt the drinks all over my new dress 
  1. (to) see red 
    Meaning: to become very angry 
    Example: I was seeing red last night when my neighbours were singing karaoke until 2am! 
  1. (to) vent your spleen 
    Meaning: to express your anger 
    Example: the boss was venting his spleen in the meeting last week because the staff have been quite lazy recently.