flip ones lid


a removable or hinged cover for closing the opening, usually at the top, of a pot, jar, trunk, etc.; a movable cover.
an eyelid.
a restraint, ceiling, or curb, as on prices or news.
Slang. a hat, cap, or other head covering.
the cover of the capsule; operculum.
the upper section of a pyxidium.
Slang. one ounce of marijuana.
verb (used with object), lidded, lidding.
to supply or cover with a lid.
blow / flip one's lid, Slang. to lose control, especially to rage hysterically: He nearly flipped his lid over the way they damaged his car. Also, flip one's wig.
blow the lid off, Informal. to expose to public view, especially to reveal something scandalous, illegal, etc.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hlid; cognate with Dutch, German lid, Old Norse hlith gate, gateway

sublid, noun
underlid, noun
unlidded, adjective
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lid (lɪd)
1.  a cover, usually removable or hinged, for a receptacle: a saucepan lid; a desk lid
2.  short for eyelid
3.  botany another name for operculum
4.  slang short for skidlid
5.  old-fashioned, slang (US) a quantity of marijuana, usually an ounce
6.  informal (Austral) dip one's lid to raise one's hat as a greeting, etc
7.  slang flip one's lid to become crazy or angry
8.  informal put the lid on
 a.  (Brit) to be the final blow to
 b.  to curb, prevent, or discourage
9.  informal take the lid off to make startling or spectacular revelations about
[Old English hlid; related to Old Friesian hlid, Old High German hlit cover]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hlid "lid, cover, opening, gate," from P.Gmc. *khlithan (cf. O.N. hlið "gate, gap," Swed. lid "gate," Du. lid, O.H.G. hlit "lid, cover"), from PIE base *kli- "cover, shut," or *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)), with here perhaps the sense of "that which bends over."
Meaning "eyelid" is from c.1220. Slang sense of "hat, cap" is attested from 1896. Slang phrase put a lid on "clamp down on, silence, end" is from 1909.
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poor operator (shortwave transmission)
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