throw a tantrum

throw a (temper) tantrum (to have a temper tantrum; to become very angry and unreasonable putting on an active display of childish temper) — закатить истерику, устроить истерику, разораться; разразиться гневом, прийти в бешенство

Usage notes: usually the anger is expressed by shouting and crying

Example 1: When you are a grown-up, you don't throw a tantrum if something offends you, you discuss it. (

Example 2: I never dreamed that Bob would throw a tantrum right there in the department store. You must be so embarrassed! (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs)

Example 3: When I refused to buy candy for Graham, he threw a tantrum.

Example 4: If Joe doesn't get his way or his Lego building doesn't work out just right, he not only throws a tantrum, he'll often storm out and kick or punch the walls. (Parenting)

Example 4: To cure their children of left-handedness, the Zulus of southern Africa would plunge a child's left hand into a hole dug into the earth and filled with boiling water, scalding it so severely the child was forced to switch hands. Lucky for me, my grandmother wasn't a Zulu. Still, when my mother found out what she was up to she threw a tantrum. I stood by Nonnie's door listening to Mom's Italian curses bounce off her four dusty walls. (Peter Selgin, "Confessions of a Left-Handed Man", 2005)

fly / get into a tantrum, go into one's tantrums

Related vocabulary
[go postal]
make a scene