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Hissy fit

Posted by ESC on January 17, 2009 at 14:10

In Reply to: Hissy fit posted by Lou Crandall on January 17, 2009 at 09:25:

: "Hissy fit". Walter Scott in Redgauntlet refers to a character as suffering from a "hissing-hot fit" of the gout. Could this be a predecessor of the modern "hissy fit"?

Here is what Phrase Finder says: I always thought it came from a mad goose hissing. It could be hissing of water on a hot stove.