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.
fit of temper, fit of rage, fit of pique, fit, outburst, flare-up, blow-up, pet, paroxysm, frenzy, bad mood, mood, huff, scene
informal paddy, wax, wobbly
British informal, dated bate
North American informal blowout, hissy fit
Early 18th century: of unknown origin.
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