One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Very annoyed or irritated.‘she was as jumpy as a cat and as cross as two sticks’
angry, annoyed, irate, irritated, in a bad mood, peeved, vexed, upset, irked, piqued, out of humour, put out, displeased, galled, resentfulView synonyms
- ‘Here I am, tired, hot and as cross as two sticks (British expression - get it - like two sticks are crossed, you know to make an X - har har - never mind…)’
- ‘And he came home next day dragging one foot after another, with a wizened face and as cross as two sticks.’
- ‘‘It could do that and still freeze you to death,’ I says, as cross as two sticks.’
- ‘Because of this I have been as cross as two sticks for the last couple of hours and my pain and anger has led me to eat cake when I am supposed to be detoxing.’
- ‘It is then that that he gets very frowny and shouty and looks as cross as two sticks, like Geoff, though not as sexy.’
- ‘Jo is as cross as two sticks today.’
- ‘I really get as cross as two sticks when I get to a city and find out they have forgotten that it should be possible for bikes to pass without great difficulties.’
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