#243: 21 English Idioms to Express Feelings of Joy, Calm, Frustration, and Anger
With English idioms you can precisely express your feelings, even adding finesse or nuance when you’re feeling joyful, tranquil, or frustrated.
Of course, you can use the words joy, calm, and frustration however today I’m sharing with you 21 idioms in English to express feelings with sharp accuracy bringing a new level of sophistication to how you express your feelings in English.
Understanding and knowing how to accurately use idioms in English allow you to describe an exact situation or a precise feeling in a more efficient and creative way.
Not only that, but you can also be more concise in English communication. Idioms help you describe complicated emotions in just a few words. They perfectly describe something complex in a simple way.
For example, if I say I’m feeling frustrated, that simple word doesn’t fully express whether something is simply under my skin or whether I’m nearly ready to flip my lid (two idioms you’ll learn more about in a moment).
Recently members of my Confident Women Community explored more than 30 English idioms to express frustration, anger, joy, and calm and their subtleties.
Today I’ve refined that list for you and I’ll share 21 English idioms to express feelings, specifically feelings of joy, calm, and frustration.
And if you’re wondering HOW you can effectively learn these idioms so that you can use them easily in your next English conversation, stick with me. I’ll share my top tips with you on how to do that.
21 English Idioms to Express Feelings of Joy, Calm, Frustration, and Anger
English Idioms To Describe A General State of Positivity
To feel sunny
Means to be outwardly cheerful or optimistic and generally happens when conditions lead you to feel hopeful and pleased.
- Ex. Henna felt sunny as she brainstormed ideas.
To feel upbeat
Like ‘sunny’, upbeat means to feel full of hope, optimism, and joy.
Difference: A person can be sunny and not call attention to themselves. When we’re upbeat, we’re often referring to exhibiting hope, optimism, and joy in a lively way.
- Ex. “Listening to her favorite song made her feel upbeat”.
To be in good spirits
Means to feel light-hearted and cheerful without losing pace or balance
- Ex. The team was in good spirits as they approached their project deadline.
To be in good humor
To be cheerful and particularly agreeable or amicable
- Ex. “My mother seemed to be in good humor as we strolled through the garden.”
English Idioms To Describe Joy
To leap/jump for joy
To feel so happy that you nearly, or do, jump up.
- Ex. “She couldn’t help but leap for joy when they offered her the job.”
To burst with joy
To feel full to a figurative point of bursting with happiness
- Ex. “My daughter was bursting with joy while getting ready for her first day of school.”
To weep for joy
To cry out of pure happiness
- Ex. “It was hard not to weep for joy when I saw my brother.”
To be over the moon
To feel extremely pleased
- Ex. “We were over the moon when we found out that we were moving to France.”
To be on cloud nine
To be overwhelmed with happiness, satisfaction, or excitement
- Ex. “Rachel felt like she was on cloud nine when she finally bought her dream house.”
English Idioms To Describe Calm
To be even-keeled
To be even, well-adjusted, and calm
- Ex. “My coworker Susan always remains even-keeled no matter how stressful the situation might be in our office.”
To be cool as a cucumber
To be calm and composed, especially under the circumstances
- Ex. “As she got ready to go out on stage to give her presentation, Carrie remained as cool as a cucumber.”
To keep one’s cool
To stay calm in a difficult situation
- Ex. “I felt frustrated by the constant questioning, but I kept my cool all the same.”
English Idioms To Describe Irritation/Frustration
Sometimes it can be difficult to remain calm. In those moments, we may experience irritation, frustration, or other negative feelings.
These idioms help use describe irritation:
To get under one’s skin
To annoy someone through behavior or communication
- Ex. “As much as she tried, her teenager daughter’s behavior got under Elaine’s skin.”
To push one’s buttons
To cause a strong reaction or emotional response in someone; to provoke a negative response
- Ex. “My brother knew exactly how to push my buttons and get me in trouble with our parents.”
To be on edge
To be nervous, anxious, irritated, and/or unrelaxed
- Ex. “As she got ready to go out on stage to give her presentation, Carrie appeared to be on edge as she paced back and forth.”
English Idioms To Describe Anger
To lose one’s temper/to lose it
To lose composure and visibly show anger
- Ex. “My mom lost it when she found out that I had failed my test.”
To get triggered
To experience or have an emotional reaction to a disturbing topic in the media or social setting, OR to something that is associated with the memory of a past, negative event
- Ex. “Watching the movie triggered me and I couldn’t finish the rest.”
To lash out
To suddenly attack someone, verbally or physically, from a point of anger
- Ex. “She lashed out when she found out she lost her job.”
English Idioms To Describe Explosive/Uncontrollable Anger
To blow a fuse
To become extremely angry
- Ex. “Jamie’s aunt blew a fuse when she found out that we weren’t coming over for Thanksgiving this year.”
To go ballistic
To become extremely angry and fly into a blind rage
- Ex. “Fans went ballistic when they found out that their favorite singer was cut from the show.”
To flip a lid
To become angry in a crazy, uncontrolled manner
- Ex. “My supervisor will flip his lid again if we don’t meet today’s target.”
Time to Practice!
After you watch the lesson with 21 English Idioms to Express Feelings of Joy, Calm, Frustration, and Anger, I have 2 questions for you:
- Think about a point throughout the past week where any of today’s idioms accurately describes the emotion(s). Which idioms would you select?
- Now use the idiom(s) in your own example to describe what happened. Share why the idiom accurately reflects the emotion.
The best place for you to share (and learn from others in the SCE Community), is in the comment section below. I’d love to see how you use idioms from this lesson today to describe your feelings.
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Hi Annemarie, you are the best. I would like to tell you that after practicing Yoga I stay even keeled for hours.
Great use of even-keeled!
I would be on cloud nine when i get the reply mail from my guide
Annemarie, you are a great teacher! I love how you use and combine different learning methods which comes to be not only sharing the knowledge but truly absorbing it. Thank you!
Thank you so much, Aleks! I appreciate your kind comment.
Hi I’m reza
I was on over the Moon 🌙 when I knew that my both the sons have organised the trip of Italy on our 50th Marriage Anniversary with their families.
And when we all got the Visa to visit the Italy, me, my husband and my all close family members really bursted with joy.
Dear Annemarie this the true story happened 15 days before.
Wow! What a story! I’m certain that you and your family burst with joy when you all met in Italy. Over the moon is the perfect idiom to describe the feeling of this surprise!
When I listen my favorite song of Freddie Mercury , I always feel upbeat.
Gabriella lost it when she found out that her PC was hackered.