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This is an excerpt from the LDOCE.

freak out
phrasal verb   informal 
to become very anxious, upset, or afraid, or make someone very anxious, upset, or afraid :  
People just freaked out when they heard the news. 
freak somebody out 
The whole idea freaked me out. 

I'm curious whether freak out has the meaning of "make somebody angry".

  • What is the source of "make somebody angry"? – Kris Nov 1 '13 at 5:08
  • The answer to whether freak out has the meaning of "make somebody angry is No. – Kris Nov 1 '13 at 5:10
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To "freak somebody out" is to startle or upset or scare them. They can get angry as a consequence, but that is not the direct meaning.

You really freaked me out when you told me the tests showed you had cancer. I'm glad it turned out to be a false positive.

You really freaked me out when you lied to me about the test showing I had cancer. Did you think that was funny, you jerk?

Both first sentences use "freaked out" to express consternation. But the consequences are different in each.

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The confusion can come by the fact that upset could be synonym with angry in some case. But in this context, upset takes the meaning of distressed.

Freaking out is more expressing some kind of irrational fear or distress, to the point of not acting like one usually do.

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to "freak someone out" does not directly imply that you make someone angry. This idiom usually means to scare them, cause them to be frightened, stressed, or anxious. There is an explanation here: http://www.theenglishstudent.com/1/post/2013/10/scared-try-using-these-three-idioms.html

  • Check your capitalization along with punctuation, spellings and all other such things before posting an answer. Remember this is an English language site for advanced users. – Kris Nov 1 '13 at 5:07
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When used in the sense "I freaked her out", I can only see it having the "distressed" meaning only.

But "She freaked out on me" does have a sense of being angry. It still carries the "upset" meaning in the definition, but the line between upset and angry here feels thinner. It doesn't mean "acted in an unusual way" although that is true. I think there's some connotation of "was showing anger."

(My perception might be swayed by blue/black vs. gold/white dress-color debates going on social media.)

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