someone furiously to think
give someone furiously to think
give a person cause to think hard
This is a literal translation of the French phrase donner furieusement à penser .
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part of the furniture
a person or thing that has been somewhere so long as to seem a permanent, unquestioned or invisible feature of the scene – informal
with great energy or effort – informal
This expression dates from the mid 19th century. But fury has been used of things that operate with irresistible force since the late 16th century (e.g. the fury of the sea).
1994 / 95 - Game Gazette - I was to fish it [the Zambesi] for the legendary Tiger fish that has a mouth of teeth like a canteen of cutlery and fights like fury.
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