Often, conniptions. Informal. a fit of hysterical excitement or anger.
Also called conniption fit.

1825–35, Americanism; origin uncertain Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
conniption (kəˈnɪpʃən)
slang (US), (Canadian) (often plural) a fit of rage or tantrums
[C19: arbitrary pseudo-Latin coinage]

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Word Origin & History

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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Idioms & Phrases


see have a fit (conniption).

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Example sentences
The author may have been good for only one book-length conniption.
At almost any speed and in any gear, stabbing the throttle causes the traction-control indicator to have a conniption.
First, the state had a kind of political conniption with the baffling fever dream that was the gubernatorial recall election.
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