hissy fit

hissy fit (plural hissy fits)

  1. (informal) A childish display of anger or frustration; an overly dramatic tantrum.
    • 1996, David E. Thigpen, "[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,984536,00.html If You Could Hear Her Now]," Time, 13 May:
      Viewers were aghast. . . . As co-host Regis Philbin flinched, Gifford launched into a teary, it's-not-my-fault, TV hissy fit: "You can say I'm ugly, you can say I'm not talented, but when you say I don't care about children, how dare you!"

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