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What does "blow one's top" mean?



 
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What does "blow one's top" mean? #1 (permalink) Sun Jul 01, 2007 15:27 pm   What does "blow one's top" mean?
 

English Idioms and Expressions, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #23 "Idioms with prepositions", question 9

Count to ten before you say anything and don't blow your top.

(a) eat too quickly
(b) speak too quickly
(c) lose your way
(d) lose your temper

English Idioms and Expressions, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #23 "Idioms with prepositions", answer 9

Count to ten before you say anything and don't lose your temper.

Correct answer: (d) lose your temper
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can you please add the explanations of the different expressions.

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What does "blow one's top" mean? #2 (permalink) Mon Jul 02, 2007 4:49 am   What does "blow one's top" mean?
 

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The correct answer accomplishes that. Blow one's top = lose one's temper.
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What does "blow one's top" mean? #3 (permalink) Mon Jul 02, 2007 15:00 pm   What does "blow one's top" mean?
 

Count to ten before you say anything and don't blow your top.

Using "anything" seems to me guite strange. I thought there is more proper to use "something" in affirmative sentence. Can anybody explain that?
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What does "blow one's top" mean? #4 (permalink) Mon Jul 02, 2007 23:04 pm   What does "blow one's top" mean?
 

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'Anything' sound fine to me-- here, the advice is to say nothing whatsoever.
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What does "blow one's top" mean? #5 (permalink) Tue Jul 03, 2007 7:50 am   What does "blow one's top" mean?
 

Hi Innominata,

'Anything' suggests here any single word - one single word. It's like the wording at the customs barrier at the entrance to another country where you possibly have an extra tax to pay if you have bought anything. You are asked to declare (reveal/show) anything you have bought.

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