• Well from personal experience, sometimes I've been so mad I literally wanted to pull my hair out! I think it's a literal phrase- at least in my experience.
  • The expression can also be phrased as, "Makes me want to tear my hair out." The expression alludes to literally tearing out one's hair in a frenzy of grief or anger, a usage dating from a.d. 1000. Today it is generally hyperbolic, even though I've discovered that there are people who literally do this because of those aforementioned emotions.

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