To be beside oneself with uncontrollable anger; enraged.

Example: People can get upset, and some might become so infuriated that they yell or even throw things. Well, one might describe the person who is acting in such a way with the idiom 'foaming at the mouth.'
This phrase likely originates from viruses, such as rabies, that can cause literal foaming at the mouth. Rabies is a deadly virus that both humans and animals can catch. A bite from an infected animal, like a bat, is usually how this virus spreads. One symptom of rabies is that it makes swallowing very difficult. Consequently, saliva builds up and there is a "foaming" at the mouth.

This idiom is at least over 400 years old. For instance, in 1601, William Shakespeare, a famous poet and playwrite, used this common expression in the play Julius Caesar:

    "He fell down in the market-place, and foamed at mouth, and was speechless."
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* That dude is so angry, just look at him; he's foaming at the mouth and throwing things around, we should probably leave before he catches sight of us.
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