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go nuclear

1. To use nuclear weapons, as by the military, often considered a last resort. I'm worried about the repercussions if our military officials decide to go nuclear.
2. In the US Senate, to pursue a course of action allowing the majority party to end filibustering with a simple majority, rather than the usually required supermajority of 60%. Senators could, however, go nuclear and approve this nomination.
3. To behave wildly. You only turn 21 once, so I plan to go nuclear at my birthday party this weekend!
4. To aggressively express one's anger. When mom finds out you dented her brand-new car, she's going to go nuclear!
5. To take drastic action. Whoa, calling the CEO about this issue is definitely going nuclear—let's see what we can do on our own first.
See also: nuclear

go nuclear

mainly BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone goes nuclear, they get extremely angry and start shouting or behaving violently. The row during which he went nuclear and resigned from his post was much reported in the press. Compare with go ballistic.
See also: nuclear
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La Salle's 25-5 first set win was the greatest margin since University of Santo Tomas went nuclear against University of the East in 2010 with a 25-2 period.
An overriding objective of these negotiations, as Obama has said, is to prevent the inevitable proliferation -- Egypt, Turkey, the Gulf states -- that would occur if Iran went nuclear.
The South Asian nation went nuclear in 1998 days after a test by arch-rival India.
He said motivation for going nuclear were different for Pakistan, which got the Bomb for its security while India went nuclear to get big power status.
After Moscow went nuclear, virtually half of Europe was abandoned to Stalinism.
News of any potential Tory-Liberal Democrat deal in Cardiff Bay has yet to reach Westminster, where disagreements between MPs from both sides went nuclear yesterday.
While Chance and Eddie tied the knot at the end of the first season of Noah's Arc, all of the show's other relationships went nuclear.
The Bomb in the Basement: How Israel Went Nuclear and What That Means for the World By Michael Karpin Simon & Schuster, $26.
There are already now over one million university graduates in Iran, many more than in South Africa when that country went nuclear, and about the same number as in Pakistan.
And when Cinar stonewalled, refusing to even discuss the matter with him, he went nuclear, complaining to the RCMP, launching a $2.
The current Pakistani situation is feared to further worsen the already tense relationship with India, which also went nuclear in May last year.
For years, everyone thought that if things went nuclear, everyone would be dead.
Myla Pablo went nuclear in the latter part of the match capping of her 18-point scoring outburst on her former team with a powerful crosscourt kill in the fifth set to ensure the Lady Warriors' 2-0 record.
As for procedure, Reid went nuclear in November 2013 when he abolished the filibuster for presidential appointees and judicial nominees (below the Supreme Court).