to lose your rag

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Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) to get confused

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b) to get angry

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If you lose your rag, it usually means you’ve gotten impatient or you have suddenly become so angry that you are not in control of yourself.

French translation

sortir de ses gonds, péter un câble

How NOT to translate : *perdre son chiffon

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Examples in context

‘3 tips for when you’ve lost your rag with your kids (a.k.a mum guilt)

Lost it with your kids and can’t move past the guilt ? You’re in good company. We’ve all been there.

Parenting has never been easy. Yet for the modern day parent – with more time spent in close proximity to our kids than ever before and multiple demands on our time pulling us in all directions – it’s all too easy to let the stress boil over, flip your lid at the kids and then wallow in the inevitable guilt and shame that follows. Try these tips instead…’

Thrive Global, 13 Feb. 2020

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PE teacher who slapped pupil given conditional discharge

A PE teacher who slapped a four-year-old boy on the knees when he had a tantrum during a football class has been given a conditional discharge.

Ian Webber, 54, was convicted of assaulting the boy after he "lost his rag" when he told the boy not to pull post-it notes from a display.

District Judge David Robinson said the incident will already have a "huge impact" on his future.

BBC News, 27 Feb. 2019

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Everyday usage

He said one too many stupid things and I just lost my rag.

I’d had such a rough day at work that I lost my rag when my brother started teasing me once I got home.

c) to lose confidence

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