bent out of shape

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bent out of shape

  1. Infuriated, annoyed, as in Don't let Paul get you bent out of shapecalm down.

  2. Shocked, astonished, as in That conservative audience was bent out of shape by his speech. [Slang; second half of 1900s] Also see in good condition (shape).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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