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.
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You have as many awful ones as we do - Laurence Olivier went off the handle in some of his last movies - and there are also some wonderful American actors.
The type of stuff that would be good on tape - the angry confrontation with the racial or sexual epithet - it's hard to know when those things are going to come at you, unless you had an employer who repeatedly went off the handle,'' Johnson said.