mad as a cut snake

Crazy or angry. The two senses of the phrase derive from the fact that 'mad' has two main senses-'crazy' and 'angry'. The 'crazy' sense is illustrated by 'that bloke wearing a teapot on his head is as mad as a cut snake', and the angry sense is illustrated by 'be careful of the boss this afternoon, he's as mad as a cut snake'.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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