In Reply to: Throw the rattle out of the pram posted by Gary Martin on April 10, 2009 at 13:16:
: : 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.
It is 1930's to 60's, better to search with just
"out of the pram" and I am not sure if British or American............ Yanks used it more so who knows.