Definition of warpath in US English:

warpath

noun

in phrase on the warpath
  • Angry and ready or eager for confrontation.

    ‘her outraged husband was on the warpath’
    • ‘With no job, no home and very few friends, the ever-resourceful and conniving Mia is secretly on the warpath.’
    • ‘Secular extremists are on the warpath again and the location of this year's pogrom is Maplewood, New Jersey.’
    • ‘While the European Commission is being cautious, the European Parliament is already on the warpath.’
    • ‘Bollea is on the warpath, gaining fans everywhere for his hard work and ‘do anything’ hardcore attitude.’
    • ‘What is more important, protecting the safety of children and their carers, or appeasing angry men on the warpath?’
    • ‘Fed-up residents in Rochdale Road are on the warpath over the state of their pavements.’
    • ‘Teachers as well as employees are on the warpath demanding pay revision.’
    • ‘Now we can't do anything during class or breaks, since Miss Richardson is on the warpath.’
    • ‘This is a clear indication that the terrorist thugs are on the warpath against the state.’
    • ‘The All India Confederation of Central and State Governments Class Four Employees is on the warpath.’
    • ‘Joe had been on the warpath the whole day, and it was obviously getting to the rest of the cast.’
    • ‘This is a good political answer to an often awkward question, and the Labour MP for Glasgow Kelvin is a time-served politician once again on the warpath.’
    • ‘She told me that my stepfather has been on the warpath since I left.’
    • ‘Even the most silly distorted fact, tongue-in-cheek headline or top-spinned newspaper tales concerning Hibs put this awkward customer on the warpath.’
    • ‘My eternally humorless grouch of a nanny was on the warpath, intending to scrub me clean after a messy cops and robbers game gone horribly muddy.’
    • ‘Reluctant to go back to Lesvos, where Kostas's mother was on the warpath, they decided to stay in the capital.’
    • ‘United, however, are also on the warpath as they also bit the dust at the weekend, going down 1-0 to Silver Stars.’
    • ‘With the Kannada film industry on the warpath, exhibitors and other language industries have decided to take an equally firm stand.’
    • ‘While this might sound eminently sensible compared with the mudbath, it has put Westminster council and the Hyde Park Estate Association on the warpath.’
    • ‘I wanted to pose burning a flag, naked, looking like an Amazon on the warpath.’
    • ‘A Congress stalwart like Jinabai Darji is on the warpath and the Seva Dal chief has resigned.’
    • ‘Dairy processors were on the warpath, seeking to reclaim their share of stomach by giving consumers not only what they need, but also what they want.’
    • ‘Unions representing pilots, attendants and machinists are still on the warpath.’
    • ‘The injured Una is on the warpath and the lads charm tactics can't defuse her fury.’
    • ‘The English teacher was walking purposefully towards Zack, her entire body posture screamed that she was on the warpath.’
    • ‘In the noble name of ‘federalism,’ the Supreme Court, under Chief Justice William Rehnquist, is on the warpath against the Congress.’
    • ‘Environmentalists had been on the warpath demanding concrete measures for protecting the river.’
    • ‘Rosie O'Donnell is on the warpath, and she's taking revenge on a long list of Hollywood enemies!’
    • ‘Farmers go on the warpath upset over their lost crops.’
    • ‘Senator Byron Dorgan is on the warpath against these corporate cheats.’
    • ‘A nation always on the warpath means a nation always under arms, a nation to which war is always coming home.’
    • ‘He is back on the warpath, freshened up and revitalised by his months away from Downing Street.’
    • ‘Registered clubs have been on the warpath against NSW Labor since the poker machine tax hikes in 1997, and pubs and Star City Casino were allowed to have poker machines.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, by the end of the week it was clear that Bush and his running-mate were back on the warpath.’
    • ‘They scolded them all soundly for being so foolhardy as to ride around with so many enemies on the warpath.’
    • ‘Nat arrived in time for pizza, which we ate in my room because Ewan was still on the warpath.’
    • ‘Rovers went on the warpath in the first half - streaking to a four-nil lead.’
    • ‘We also had, on the French side from Quebec, a certain trace of American Indian ancestry - so, if I go on the warpath once in a while, you'll understand why.’
    • ‘But the opposition forces were on the warpath even before it was issued.’
    • ‘Still, the media giant is on the warpath to make its financial targets for the first year of its $103 billion merger.’
    irate, annoyed, cross, vexed, irritated, exasperated, indignant, aggrieved, irked, piqued, displeased, provoked, galled, resentful
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Origin

Late 18th century: originally with reference to a route taken by North American Indians heading toward a battle with an enemy.

Pronunciation

warpath

/ˈwɔrˌpæθ//ˈwôrˌpaTH/