he’s nice and angry


he’s extremely angry

STATISTICS

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nice and angry
adjective phrase

- to be very angry about something


NICELY INTENSIFIED

Non-native speakers may be a bit bewildered by the use of “nice” to emphasise an adjective like “angry” - in today's OWAD “nice” acts as an intensifier.

Here are some other examples where "nice" intensifies:

- nice and slow = We drove nice and slow all the way down the coast of California

- nice and smooth  = he sings with a nice and smooth voice

- nice and simple = the new software is nice and simple to use

- nice and friendly = most of my colleagues are nice and friendly

- nice and clean = the house looks nice and clean now


SYNONYMS
for nice and angry

as black as thunder, apoplectic, ballistic, berserk, beside oneself, boiling, cheesed off, cross, deranged, enraged, foaming at the mouth, furious, going ape, hopping mad, hot and bothered, hyper, in a (towering) rage, incandescent, incensed, infuriated, in high dudgeon, irked, like a bear with a sore head, livid, mad, narked, nettled, NICE AND ANGRY, on a rampage, on the warpath, outraged, piqued, pissed (off), red-hot, seething, smoldering, steaming, throwing a fit, up the wall, vexed


SMUGGLE OWAD into a conversation today, say something like:

“I’m usually very calm, but last week I got NICE AND ANGRY.”


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