in high dudgeon

in high dudgeon

in a state of deep resentment

The origin of dudgeon in the sense of ill humour is unknown and it is almost always found in this phrase. However, other adjectives are sometimes used instead of high, for example deep or great.

1938 - Zane Grey - Raiders of the Spanish Peaks - Neale left in high dudgeon to take his case to his court of appeal his mother.

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