in a huff

In an offended manner, angrily, as in When he left out her name, she stalked out in a huff. This idiom transfers huff in the sense of a gust of wind to a burst of anger. [Late 1600s] Also see in a snit.


Nearby words

  1. in a flash,
  2. in a flutter,
  3. in a fog,
  4. in a good light,
  5. in a hole,
  6. in a jam,
  7. in a lather,
  8. in a manner of speaking,
  9. in a nutshell,
  10. in a pig's eye

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