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go postal

to suddenly become violent or angry I don't think anybody is going to come in to work and go postal on me.
Etymology: based on an event in which an employee of the US Postal Service shot and killed other workers
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go postal

  (American very informal)
to become very angry, or to suddenly behave in a violent and angry way, especially in the place where you work
Usage notes: This idiom started when a post office worker in America shot several of the people he worked with.
My Mom will go postal if I get home late. When she heard she'd been fired she went postal and started throwing things around the office.
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go postal

in. to become wild; to go berserk. He made me so mad I thought I would go postal.
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go postal

Slang To become extremely angry or deranged, especially in an outburst of violence.
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I had heard that when you get fired, you have to leave on the spot, lest you go postal.
We haven't had anybody go postal up here in a long time," Hampton said.
But you can go postal and shoot your way through the entire affair as before.
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If you continue to do things that confirm their suspicion topping their best buddies is one they'll go postal on you.
The disconcerting part for the Bruins is that they've had a habit this season of allowing opposing post players to go postal.
At extremes, ``they can also die, go postal, develop addictions or steal things,'' Lee added.
In ``Sorcerer's Stone,'' Harry begins matriculation through Hogwarts, a mystical school for gifted young witches and wizards, filled with semi-giants, three-headed dogs, owls who go postal, jelly beans of every imaginable flavor, and, naturally, life- threatening sinister forces.
I thought one LAX shuttle bus driver I saw was going to go postal right on the on-ramp; I know he probably lost money, since his policy is ``on time or you don't pay.
According to Johnson, ``All work and no play makes Jack go postal.
you can go postal in La La Land and no one notices.
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