Definition of have kittens in English:

have kittens

phrase

British
informal
  • Be extremely nervous or upset.

    • ‘I nearly had kittens when my Mum told me she knew.’
    • ‘His mother would probably have kittens if she could see him.’
    • ‘Hey, Asha, I think your mother's gonna have kittens if you don't go eat breakfast.’
    • ‘My father is probably having kittens worrying about me.’
    • ‘No-one seems to know who is paying - the Metropolitan Police Authority is rightly having kittens at the possible budget consequences, as most of the police officers qualified for the job come from their force.’
    • ‘The PM's bodyguards must be having kittens.’
    • ‘I don't know how captain Rhona Martin managed it because I was having kittens just watching.’
    • ‘Can't say as I blame her, if I was her I'd be having kittens over it too.’
    • ‘The trio of bored guards lounging around outside my door had kittens when I appeared.’
    • ‘When the surgery said a doctor was in the area and would call round, she nearly had kittens.’
    anxious, disturbed, perturbed, troubled, bothered, distressed, concerned, upset, distraught, worried sick, disquieted, uneasy, ill at ease, fretful, fretting, agitated, in a state of agitation, nervous, edgy, on edge, like a cat on a hot tin roof, tense, overwrought, worked up, keyed up, strung out, jumpy, with one's stomach in knots, stressed, under stress
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