fit to be tied
- (idiomatic) Very agitated or distressed; enraged.
1915, Kathleen Norris, chapter 8, in The Story of Julia Page:
- Some girls can set around until they're blue moulded, and never a feller to ask 'em, and others the boys'll fret and pleg until they're fit to be tied, with nerves!
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, episode 18:
- I was fit to be tied though I wouldnt give in with that gentleman of fashion staring down at me with his glasses and him the other side of me talking about Spinoza.
- 2007 June 3, Michael Leahy, "Driven to Extremes," Washington Post (retrieved 9 Oct 2008):
- If you've also been caught in a traffic jam, you're maybe fit to be tied by the time you get to work.