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chew nails

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chew nails

verb phrase

To be very angry; be livid: We'd better get out before he starts chewing nails (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • I could chew nails when I think of it falling into the hands of the blasted Germans.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen

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