go off the handle

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go off the handle

To become uncontrollably angry; to lose control of one's temper. It's a shame the candidate allowed himself to go off the handle like that during the debate, as it undermines a lot of the really solid arguments he'd been making up to that point. I know you're upset, but there's no point going off the handle like that. It was just an honest mistake.
See also: handle, off
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She was calling and texting him constantly - if he didn't respond she would go off the handle.
I'm aware as a manager I cannot go off the handle as much but if something is not right I will look to nail it - just with a bit more subtlety.
I'm aware as a manager I cannot go off the handle as much as I did but if I feel something is not right and it is affecting the football club I will look to nail it - just with a bit more subtlety - Roy Keane on how his approach to management will differ - subtly - from his methods as a player.
I didn't go off the handle with Kinsale Hall, I was quite polite, but I am quite cross about it now.
Brian couldn't even speak to another guy, whether he was straight or gay, because he would just go off the handle all to- gether.