Definition of het up in English:

het up

adjective

informal
  • [predicative] Angry and agitated.

    ‘her husband is all het up about something’
    • ‘You'd think at my age I wouldn't get quite so het up about stuff.’
    • ‘It's all too easy to get het up and angry with an organisation.’
    • ‘Then I get all het up and angry and upset and frustrated and full of rage and have to remind myself that this imagined conversation never actually took place.’
    • ‘Of course, I always said I was a Trekkie, too, and apparently people who get het up about such things say it should be ‘Trekker.’’
    • ‘Everyone seems to be getting all het up over this.’
    • ‘Anyhow going to the Greenwoods now (Mother's getting a bit het up because we should have left by now).’
    • ‘Prudie has very little patience with the people who get all het up about the content of children's books.’
    • ‘I don't really get why some people have gotten so het up about it.’
    • ‘I don't think she was too impressed when I said that, in my opinion, she should buy her grandson a large pack of condoms and tell her daughter not to get so het up about things.’
    • ‘Don't know if it's a deliberate snub, or just an ‘I didn't know about it’ oversight, so I'm not going to get too het up about it at the moment.’
    • ‘If you're going to get het up about it though, your complaint should be directed at the management, not the poor unfortunate who'd much rather be somewhere else, doing something else, and is only there by reason of compelling circumstance.’
    • ‘So he can get as het up as he likes about the perceived injustice of it all, while the likes of me just shrug our shoulders and write him off as just another chip-on-your-shoulder hard left bore.’
    • ‘Where is all this traffic that everyone's getting so het up about?’
    • ‘The more het up you are, the less capable you become of logical thought.’
    • ‘Honestly, I don't know what everyone's getting so het up about…’
    • ‘Everyone was fairly het up and agitated by that point.’
    • ‘The reason I'm so het up about one little arrangement of pixels on a screen is that Canada, a civilized country, one of our own, has taken a step in that same terrible direction.’
    • ‘I've made a little resolution about consumer anger recently, so I'm not going to get all het up and cross about it but you do have to wonder what century it is, precisely, that these people inhabit.’
    • ‘In that context, therefore, it is difficult to see why the employers and the Government are getting so het up about a further 7% increase over 18 months.’
    • ‘At last - this is the thing Williams is getting all het up about.’
    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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Origin

Mid 19th century: from dialect het heated, hot surviving in Scots.

Pronunciation:

het up

/ˌhet ˈəp/