conniption fit

conniption

[kuh-nip-shuhn]
noun
Often, conniptions. Informal. a fit of hysterical excitement or anger.
Also called conniption fit.


Origin:
1825–35, Americanism; origin uncertain

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conniption (kəˈnɪpʃən)
 
n
slang (US), (Canadian) (often plural) a fit of rage or tantrums
 
[C19: arbitrary pseudo-Latin coinage]

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conniption
1833, Amer.Eng., origin uncertain; perhaps related to corruption, which was used in a sense of "anger" from 1799, or from Eng. dialectal canapshus "ill-tempered, captious," probably a corruption of captious.
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