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[hop-ing] /ˈhɒp ɪŋ/
working energetically; busily engaged:
He kept the staff hopping in order to get the report finished.
going from one place or situation to another of a similar specified type (usually used in combination):
hopping mad, furious; enraged:
He was hopping mad when his daughter dropped out of college.
Origin of hopping
First recorded in 1665-75; hop1 + -ing2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was not hurt; he was only rumpled and dusty and hopping mad.

    The Adventures of a Modest Man Robert W. Chambers
  • If his father finds it out, he will be hopping mad, Ill bet.

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Colonel Button was "hopping mad," as the quartermaster put it, and as all men could see, yet at what?

    Lanier of the Cavalry

    Charles King
  • This was an indignity that sent him hopping mad, so jumping on to his horse he galloped to the Court House.

  • It would only worry him and make him hopping mad, and hes got enough on his mind as it is.

  • Dora wouldn't help me make pies, cause she was afraid of messing her clo'es and that made me hopping mad.

    Anne Of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • The conclusion is inevitable that he was filling the other fellow's place, and the colonel is hopping mad.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • Ill bet those fresh chumps over at Hillsport are hopping mad today!

    Left Half Harmon Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for hopping mad


the action of a person or animal that hops
(Tyneside, dialect) a fair, esp (the Hoppings) an annual fair in Newcastle
hopping mad, in a terrible rage
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Slang definitions & phrases for hopping mad

hopping mad

adjective phrase

Very angry; livid; steamed (1840+)

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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Idioms and Phrases with hopping mad

hopping mad

Enraged, furious, as in I was hopping mad when they left my name off the list. This expression conjures up an image of jumping up and down with rage. [ ; early 1800s ]
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