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Prepositional phraseEdit

on the warpath

  1. (idiomatic) Very angry or upset.
    • 1932, "Religion: Churches v. Council," Time, 6 June:
      Last year a committee of the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America issued a report guardedly approving Birth Control. . . . [M]any Presbyterians heartily disapproved. Last week the Presbyterian General Assembly met in Denver with Philadelphia's Rev. H. McAllister Griffiths and a corps of Fundamentalists on the warpath.
    • 2006, Colin Brown, "Fears grow for waterways as canal jobs are cut," The Independent (UK), 11 Oct.:
      Boating enthusiasts, walkers and others who enjoy relaxing by canals were on the warpath last night after British Waterways announced plans to cut 180 staff.