In Reply to: Throw the rattle out of the pram posted by Paul Burns on April 10, 2009 at 13:08:
: I would be interested to know the earliest know use of "throw his rattle out of the pram" (or similar), meaning to get excited or angry.
I've found a usage dating from 1995. I don't know where it originated but, if I had to guess, I'd guess Australia. 'Spit the dummy' appears to be a precursor and that is Australian.