Meaning of like a bear with a sore head in English:

like a bear with a sore head

phrase

informal British
  • (of a person) very irritable.

    • ‘he'll be like a bear with a sore head when he gets up’
    • ‘And then Dave's hayfever kicks in again, sending him to bed like a bear with a sore head.’
    • ‘Like most ‘rugby widows’ she has become accustomed to the endless training nights, Sundays at home with the kids - and me parading round the house before games like a bear with a sore head (so that's why she's been calling me Victor Meldrew).’
    • ‘He's like a bear with a sore head when he's been on the beers.’
    • ‘I shouldn't be yelling at you, I'm like a bear with a sore head today.’
    • ‘Six long weeks after bringing the curtain down on an 11-year stay at Swinton, Barrow is like a bear with a sore head.’
    • ‘Carol, to her deep chagrin, has no job, yet, and proves like a bear with a sore head until she finds one.’
    • ‘You've been moping around like a bear with a sore head for ages!’
    • ‘You're worried too, but you're not acting like a bear with a sore head.’
    • ‘When he finally made it he was like a bear with a sore head.’
    • ‘His youngest son was like a bear with a sore head, determined to rattle as many people as possible.’