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Go ballistic


Erupt in rage. Ballistic refers to military rockets so this idiom portrays a very, very strong reaction, not with guns but probably involving a lot of yelling and pounding on the table.(Compare to Go nuclear or Go postal.)

“When I asked the boss for a raise, even though I had only started a month earlier, he went ballistic on me and said I was lucky to have a job at all.”

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