having a bee in your bonnet

This idiom means that you are unable to stop thinking or talking about something so that it becomes an
obsession. (A bee trapped under a hat cannot escape and goes buzzing around under it.)

Pat: What’s wrong? You look very annoyed.
Kate: I’m annoyed with Ben. He’s just spent half-an-hour criticizing me for buying a car.
Pat: I can’t say I’m surprised. He has a bee in his bonnet about private cars. He thinks everyone should use public transport and save the environment.
Kate: I can sympathize with that, but he has no right to be so nasty to me.



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