One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounin phrase get/have one's dander up
Lose one's temper.
- ‘Corporate conduct has to be particularly poor or offensive before our judges get their dander up, but that's what seems to have happened in this case against the CBA’
- ‘People like to be inflamed, get their dander up, and the problem is, it's too easy.’
- ‘Finally, I got my dander up and accosted him in his office.’
- ‘People got their dander up when their trash wasn't collected.’
- ‘But nothing gets my dander up more than blasted taxation.’
- ‘If you can't bring yourself to get steamed up about ID cards, surely that image gets your dander up, even a little.’
- ‘They put something in the water here to get your dander up and make you feel violent.’
Mid 19th century (originally US): of unknown origin.
Skin flakes in an animal's fur or hair.
- ‘Animal dander can create allergies that manifest only at night, and the movement of any pet on your bed can wake you up.’
- ‘I've had various animal dander allergies forever, and was having serious troubles with breathing, so the doctors decided steroidal treatments and ventilators would be best.’
- ‘But animal dander (skin flakes), saliva, urine, and feathers can cause allergic reactions.’
- ‘House dust mites, pollens, animal dander, and other allergy-causing agents can be reduced, although not eliminated, through regular cleaning.’
- ‘Asthma is caused by environmental triggers including cat dander, cockroaches, dust mites and tobacco smoke.’
- ‘Unfortunately, strict avoidance of animal allergens is practically impossible, because even if domestic animals are not in the home there is still a possibility of significant exposure due to transfer of animal dander in public places.’
- ‘For many if not most people with asthma, a major cause of their asthma is an allergy to airborne substances such as pollen, mold, dust mites and animal dander.’
- ‘Allergy is an overreaction to environmental pollens, mites in house dust, animal dander, molds, and foods.’
- ‘Allergic symptoms in these people are caused by the body's reaction to a specific protein found in the animal's saliva, urine, or dander (tiny flakes from the skin, fur, or feathers).’
- ‘Asthma develops only in people with a genetic predisposition toward it, but that predisposition is made manifest when triggered by environmental conditions such as smoke, animal dander, and air pollution.’
- ‘Other substances that can cause hives and angioedema include pollen, animal dander, latex and substances injected into your skin from insect stings.’
- ‘Although you cannot completely prevent dander from getting into your bedroom, keeping the animal out will greatly reduce the level of pet allergen in that room.’
- ‘People can have similar reactions to dust mite feces, pollen, animal dander and many other particulates in the environment.’
- ‘It may (but not always) help to wash the animal at least once a week to remove excess dander and collected pollens.’
- ‘Dust mites and animal dander are problematic when they become airborne during vacuuming, making beds or when textiles are disturbed.’
- ‘Second, if you are outside doing anything with the dog, you will be bringing dander back into the house with you and setting off your wife's allergies.’
- ‘This cleaning team, although satisfactory in every other way, was apparently the source of animal dander that caused an exacerbation of atopic symptoms in the family.’
- ‘People with allergic rhinitis develop symptoms only when exposed to the things they're allergic to, such as cat dander and ragweed pollen.’
- ‘Animal saliva, sweat, urine and dander (flakes of dead skin) can act as powerful allergens.’
- ‘If you are allergic to dust, mold, animal dander, or other year-round allergens, there are some modifications of your environment that may help.’
Late 18th century: related to dandruff.
A stroll.‘we'll take a bit of a dander and get the fresh air’
- ‘Hereafter it will be more of a dander, a gentle walk along the Annalong Valley, over the Brandy Pad and to other such-like hidden icons of the adventurers' world.’
- ‘Time for a dander down through Stratford to see Shapespeare's birthplace still very much preserved, sent three or four postcards, was reluctant to ask was there a bookie shop in the town.’
- ‘Fancying a dander during the Easter holidays, I opted for a leisurely stroll around the Forest Park.’
- ‘While she was at church I went for a dander along the beach.’
- ‘By the time we got here the restaurant was near closing and we managed to throw a few steaks and a pint of the black stuff down us before a dander along the harbour and making of plans for the morrow.’
no object, with adverbial of direction Stroll.‘he dandered in to change his coat’
- ‘Tom decided it was time to dander down the road to Gorman's to watch the second half with his colleagues.’
- ‘After that, Ginty dandered about our wee town for a while and then he stood on the street corner and watched a few cars going up and down.’
- ‘Map in hand, I dander, uneasily, towards my hotel.’
- ‘You literally need to battle your way through the crowd and when you come across someone who is just dandering (walking slowly) you just want to push them.’
- ‘I hope he got to the chapel on time because it wouldn't be the first time he dandered in late.’
Late 16th century: frequentative form; perhaps related to dialect dadder ‘quake’ and daddle ‘dawdle’.
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