What does ‘hot under the collar’ mean?


Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Feifei. Rob: And I’m Rob. Phew, Feifei, is the air conditioning on? Feifei: Let me check. Looks like it’s broken. Rob: Again? The company fixed it just this week. Feifei: Yeah. Rob: And that’s three times this month! Feifei: I know… Rob: I honestly can’t face calling the company one more time. I’ve wasted hours on the phone to them! Seriously. Feifei: OK, OK, Rob. No need to get so hot under the collar! Rob: But… OK. You’re right. Give me a minute. Feifei: While Rob is cooling down, let me explain that phrase I just used. To get ‘hot under the collar’ means to become very annoyed or angry about something. There is another meaning, but we’ll get there later. OK, Rob, how are you now? Rob: Just a minute more. Feifei: OK, let’s listen to these examples first. Nick got a little hot under the collar when he returned from a meeting to discover his colleagues had eaten all his chocolates. I hate driving in big cities. I just get too hot under the collar when others drive badly. I prefer to take a bus and chill out. Try not to say anything about Wayne’s new haircut. He knows it looks terrible. When I mentioned it he got very hot under the collar. Feifei: This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. So, how are you feeling now, Rob? Rob: Much better. Don’t worry, I’ll call the air conditioning company. Feifei: If you do, err… can you ask them which engineer is coming to fix it? Rob: Why does that matter? Feifei: Well, you see, there’s this one engineer who makes me… all hot under the collar! Rob: Ahh, I see! You find this person attractive and they make you feel excited or even a bit nervous? Well, that’s the other meaning of hot under the collar, by the way. Feifei: Well, yes. Sorry. I should admit it. It’s been me who has been breaking the air conditioning all along… Just… just… just in the hope that… Rob: Just so that you can see that cute engineer? Feifei! That really is shocking. OK, let me make that call. Feifei: Yes, it’s getting a bit hot in here. Bye. Rob: Bye.

24 thoughts on “What does ‘hot under the collar’ mean?”

  1. Oh I really love learning English espicially British accent I hope I will not get to be hot under the collar 😄😄

  2. Here are some more phrases about being annoyed. Enjoy The White Elephant, the restaurant in search of customers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqtlfM06xAQ 😂

  3. Hi
    Thanks a million
    It's such an easy expression, interesting as well. However, I don't want to meet a neighbor because every time I see him I get hot under the collar.

  4. Hi 🙋🏼‍♀️ it’s useful video 😍
    Yesterday I got hot under the collar when I found my candy floss had been eaten 🥺
    When I saw the engineer I got a hot under collar ☺️😍
    Thanks a lot 🌺

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