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in a bad mood

In an irritable or depressed state of mind. For example, Dad's in a bad mood, so don't ask for anything right now . The antonym, in a good mood , refers to a cheerful, well-disposed state of mind, as in When the boss is in a good mood our whole day goes well . The phrase in a mood , meaning “disposed” or “inclined,” dates from about a.d. 1000. Also see in the mood
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