An uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration, typically in a young child: he has temper tantrums if he can’t get his own way
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- Fortunately the tantrum induced by this frustration made him sleepy and pretty soon he conked out.
- The first time I ate there my husband's young nephew threw a tantrum.
- In fact, they describe him as an extremely driven character prone to mood swings and temper tantrums as much as euphoria.
Early 18th century: of unknown origin.
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