Definition of have steam coming out of one's ears in US English:

have steam coming out of one's ears

phrase

informal
  • Be extremely angry or irritated.

    • ‘New York's electoral votes are all going to go to Kerry whether New Yorkers have steam coming out of their ears or are lounging around watching sports and laughing and drinking.’
    • ‘My face's so hot, if I were a cartoon, I'd have steam coming out of my ears.’
    • ‘Like his colleagues around the table at Macleans College, he practically has steam coming out of his ears.’
    • ‘Earlier for the sake of simplicity I told a little fib, and some of you have steam coming out of your ears by now because this fib is driving you crazy.’
    • ‘Stacy looked as if she could have steam coming out of her ears.’
    • ‘He had steam coming out of his ears as things were slipping out of control.’
    • ‘And, if he wanted to make the back row even hungrier than usual, he has achieved it superbly because Alex has steam coming out of his ears.’
    • ‘On badly depressing days I could walk around with a black cloud over my head, if I was feeling stressed I could have steam coming out of my ears.’