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go ballistic

 and go postal
Fig. to become irrationally enraged. (Ballistic refers to a missile launching; postal refers to an enraged post office employee attacking those at his place of work. See also go into orbit.) The boss went ballistic when he saw my expense report. She was so mad, I thought she was going to go postal.

go ballistic

to become extremely upset and excited It took almost an hour to get our food, and Mike almost went ballistic when they brought him the wrong thing.
Related vocabulary: blow your top

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
See also: postal

go ballistic

  (informal)
to become very angry and start shouting or behaving violently Apparently, he told Sandra that he'd been out for a drink with his ex-girlfriend and she went ballistic.

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.
See also: postal

go ballistic

Become extremely upset or angry, as in Dad will go ballistic when he sees you dented the new car. This expression, a variation on go berserk, originally alluded to a guided missile going out of control. [Slang; mid-1980s]

go postal

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

go ballistic

Slang
To become very angry or irrational.

go postal

Slang To become extremely angry or deranged, especially in an outburst of violence.
See also: postal
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