(entered for 01.03.06)
Meaning: extremely upset. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: madder than a pig in dry mud
Rewrite 2: madder than a politician with no pork2
Rewrite 3: more upset than a cook without a stove
Rewrite 4: more distressed than a dog with no bark
Comment: I tried to stay away from strictly animals, but they make some of the more imaginative metaphors.
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