Meaning of have kittens in English:

have kittens


informal British
  • Be extremely nervous or upset.

    • ‘No-one seems to know who is paying - the Metropolitan Police Authority is rightly having kittens at the possible budget consequences, as most of the police officers qualified for the job come from their force.’
    • ‘The PM's bodyguards must be having kittens.’
    • ‘I don't know how captain Rhona Martin managed it because I was having kittens just watching.’
    • ‘When the surgery said a doctor was in the area and would call round, she nearly had kittens.’
    • ‘My father is probably having kittens worrying about me.’
    • ‘His mother would probably have kittens if she could see him.’
    • ‘I nearly had kittens when my Mum told me she knew.’
    • ‘Can't say as I blame her, if I was her I'd be having kittens over it too.’
    • ‘Hey, Asha, I think your mother's gonna have kittens if you don't go eat breakfast.’
    • ‘The trio of bored guards lounging around outside my door had kittens when I appeared.’
    anxious, disturbed, perturbed, troubled, bothered, distressed, concerned, upset, distraught, worried sick, disquieted, uneasy, ill at ease, fretful, fretting, agitated, in a state of agitation, nervous, edgy, on edge, like a cat on a hot tin roof, tense, overwrought, worked up, keyed up, strung out, jumpy, with one's stomach in knots, stressed, under stress