Opening a door frustrated and rushing in like you are about to scold someone inside... Barging in a room with anger. Is there a word or idiom for that, other than storm in?

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    – amdn
    Commented May 12, 2015 at 19:35
  • I think that "raging into" would work in place of "barging into." I've always loved the comparison of a person's intrusion into a peaceful setting to the behavior of a barge, though: The momentum of a fully laden barge seems almost irresistible—and certainly impossible to ignore.
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented May 12, 2015 at 20:59

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Storming in and barging in are great, but for some added oomph, how about erupting into the room?

  • +1, 'Barging' implies rudeness a bit more than anger, but still works well. 'Storming' seems best, as that implies both rushing and anger. I get more enthusiasm than anger from 'erupting', but anger is usually pretty enthusiastic.
    – DCShannon
    Commented May 13, 2015 at 4:26
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    To me "erupting into the room" comes across a little strange, as "erupting" has an association of "bursting out". But that may just be me :)
    – psmears
    Commented May 13, 2015 at 9:50

"Burst into the room" sounds good.

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    This was my first thought, too. It doesn't necessarily imply frustration or anger though, just entering a room energetically (e.g. you could burst into a room joyfully). Context is necessary for the emotion(s) associated with the action.
    – talrnu
    Commented May 12, 2015 at 18:12

1) Barged in
2) Stormed in
3) Broke in
4) he/she pushed forward into the room with anger.
5) thrust ahead.

  • Barge and storm are perfect fits in my mind. The others are stretches. Break in doesn't suggest any particular attitude or even energy, as you can silently and carefully break into a room with no anger or frustration on your mind at all.
    – talrnu
    Commented May 12, 2015 at 18:13
  • after a thought, I agree.
    – 4-K
    Commented May 12, 2015 at 18:16

Charged into the room


intransitive verb

: to rush forward in or as if in assault : attack; also : to charge an opponent in sports
Merriam Webster

A couple of examples

UNCONTROLLABLE anger surged through Wilson as he charged into the room.
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'Wayward and contrary!' Gwenhwyvar cried. 'Easily given to despair!' She charged into the room and planted herself before us, fists on hips. 'Gwenhwyvar,' Arthur said, somewhat startled. 'I thought you were asleep.' 'Listen to the both of you,' she scolded. 'I will tell you what troubles me, shall I? You haughty Britons think you are the only men alive who know how to throw a spear.'
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Loaded for bear

To be prepared, mentally and/or physically, for extreme opposition; typically used in reference to an aggressive or potentially violent situation.

For example:

He showed up loaded for bear and wouldn't leave until he gave everyone a piece of his mind.

  • Worth noting that this idiom is based on arming oneself. It is sometimes used in military contexts. A helicopter that hasn't fired any of its missiles is loaded for bear.
    – DCShannon
    Commented May 13, 2015 at 4:23

You can consider flounce into.

Go or move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner

OD / flounce

But the strongest sense of anger can be conveyed with explode into.

Again the door burst open and again it slammed against the wall. A genuinely angry President exploded into the room...

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You could say the person went ballistic.

to be extremely and uncontrollable [sic] furious
Fred went ballistic, and managed to punch 5 holes in the wall, in addition to throwing a microwave halfway across his house.
Urban Dictionary


He came barreling into the room. Describes intensity and single-mindedness but not necessarily anger.


I'd say the idiom muscle in.

Forcibly intrude on or interfere with something, as in The children were determined not to allow the school bully to muscle in. [Colloquial; 1920s] (Free Dictionary)


Perhaps the informal idiom: "Bust the door down" or "Bust the door open." In this context, "bust" is used informally for the word "break". Depending on the context, this idiom can suggest a violent disposition towards whomever is "behind the door", either actually or metaphorically. "I will bust the door down to get answers."

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