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- (idiomatic) Extremely angry; furious to the point of outburst.
- He was hopping mad when he came home and discovered that she had bought a new car without consulting him.
- 1871, Louisa May Alcott, Little Men, ch. 4:
- "And you hit him? dear old Father Bhaer?" […]
- "I was hopping mad at the time, and thought I shouldn't mind a bit, rather like it perhaps. But when I'd hit uncle one good crack […] I couldn't go on. […] I felt so mean."
- 1909, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea, ch. 8:
- Dora wouldn't help me make pies, cause she was afraid of messing her clo'es and that made me hopping mad.
- 1941 September 15, "The Press: End of a White House Friendship", Time (retrieved 5 Dec 2018):
- The biggest press news in Washington last week was that the "White House gang" — the little group of reporters whose beat is covering the President — was hopping mad at Franklin Roosevelt. Most of them felt that the President had played them for suckers and they were no happier when other newsmen rubbed it in.
- 2004 November 2, Joe Sharkey, "When a Pat-Down Seems Like Groping", New York Times (retrieved 5 Dec 2018):
- Rhonda L. Gaynier, a New York lawyer, is hopping mad because, she says, getting on an airplane these days means being groped by a stranger.