- Often conniptions. Informal. a fit of hysterical excitement or anger.
Origin of conniption
An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; origin uncertain
Also called conniption fit.
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- (often plural) US and Canadian slang a fit of rage or tantrums
C19: arbitrary pseudo-Latin coinage
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Word Origin and History for conniption-fit
1833, American English, origin uncertain; perhaps related to corruption, which was used in a sense of "anger" from 1799, or from English dialectal canapshus "ill-tempered, captious," probably a corruption of captious.
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Idioms and Phrases with conniption-fit
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