Fume

In a fume. In ill-temper, especially from impatience. The French say, “Fumer sans tabac; Fumer sans pipe ” (to put oneself into a rage). Smoking with rage, or rather with the ineffectual vapour of anger.

A! Rignot, il est courageulx
Pour un homme avantureulx
Et terrible quant il se fume.

L'Aventureulx (a farce).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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