Definition of warpath in English:



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

    ‘her outraged husband was on the warpath’
    • ‘This is a clear indication that the terrorist thugs are on the warpath against the state.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Rosie O'Donnell is on the warpath, and she's taking revenge on a long list of Hollywood enemies!’
    • ‘He is back on the warpath, freshened up and revitalised by his months away from Downing Street.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The English teacher was walking purposefully towards Zack, her entire body posture screamed that she was on the warpath.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Still, the media giant is on the warpath to make its financial targets for the first year of its $103 billion merger.’
    • ‘The All India Confederation of Central and State Governments Class Four Employees is on the warpath.’
    • ‘The injured Una is on the warpath and the lads charm tactics can't defuse her fury.’
    • ‘They scolded them all soundly for being so foolhardy as to ride around with so many enemies on the warpath.’
    • ‘Now we can't do anything during class or breaks, since Miss Richardson is 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even the most silly distorted fact, tongue-in-cheek headline or top-spinned newspaper tales concerning Hibs put this awkward customer on the warpath.’
    • ‘Teachers as well as employees are on the warpath demanding pay revision.’
    • ‘I wanted to pose burning a flag, naked, looking like an Amazon on the warpath.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With no job, no home and very few friends, the ever-resourceful and conniving Mia is secretly on the warpath.’
    • ‘Reluctant to go back to Lesvos, where Kostas's mother was on the warpath, they decided to stay in the capital.’
    • ‘While this might sound eminently sensible compared with the mudbath, it has put Westminster council and the Hyde Park Estate Association on the warpath.’
    • ‘But the opposition forces were on the warpath even before it was issued.’
    • ‘Fed-up residents in Rochdale Road are on the warpath over the state of their pavements.’
    • ‘A Congress stalwart like Jinabai Darji is on the warpath and the Seva Dal chief has resigned.’
    • ‘Unions representing pilots, attendants and machinists are still on the warpath.’
    • ‘She told me that my stepfather has been on the warpath since I left.’
    • ‘United, however, are also on the warpath as they also bit the dust at the weekend, going down 1-0 to Silver Stars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Environmentalists had been on the warpath demanding concrete measures for protecting the river.’
    • ‘With the Kannada film industry on the warpath, exhibitors and other language industries have decided to take an equally firm stand.’
    • ‘While the European Commission is being cautious, the European Parliament is already on the warpath.’
    • ‘Secular extremists are on the warpath again and the location of this year's pogrom is Maplewood, New Jersey.’
    • ‘Farmers go on the warpath upset over their lost crops.’
    • ‘In the noble name of ‘federalism,’ the Supreme Court, under Chief Justice William Rehnquist, is on the warpath against the Congress.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, by the end of the week it was clear that Bush and his running-mate were back on the warpath.’
    • ‘Joe had been on the warpath the whole day, and it was obviously getting to the rest of the cast.’
    irate, annoyed, cross, vexed, irritated, exasperated, indignant, aggrieved, irked, piqued, displeased, provoked, galled, resentful
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Late 18th century: originally with reference to a route taken by North American Indians heading towards a battle with an enemy.