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Re: Hit the roof

Posted by Joe on March 02, 2009 at 15:56

In Reply to: Hit the roof posted by Paige on March 02, 2009 at 12:18:

: Where did "hit the roof" originate from?

The American Heritage Dictionary of Idiomsý - Page 303
by Christine Ammer - Reference - 1997 - 729 pages

The first expression dates from the early 1900s; the second is a version of a
16th-century locution, up in the house roof or house-top, meaning "enraged. ...
Have a Nice Day--no Problem!: A Dictionary of Clichésý - Page 171
by Christine Ammer - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1992 - 454 pages

... hit the spot century, to be "up in the house roof (or "at the house-top"),
meaning to be enraged