work oneself (up) into a lather

work oneself (up) into a lather
1. tv. to ork very hard and sweat very much. (In the way that a horse works up a lather.)
Don’t work yourself up into a lather. We don’t need to finish this today.
I worked myself into a lather getting this stuff ready.
2. tv. to get excited or angry. (An elaboration of work oneself up to something.)
Now, now, don’t work yourself up into a lather.
He had worked himself into such a lather, I was afraid he would have a stroke.

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