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go postal

1. slang To shoot or otherwise attack one's coworkers (and/or random people) in a rage, typically after becoming disgruntled in one's workplace. The phrase originated after a series of unrelated incidents in the 1980s and '90s in which American postal workers shot coworkers or members of the public. You've got to watch out for the quiet types—they're the ones who end up going postal and shooting up the place.
2. slang By extension, to become wildly or uncontrollably angry. He wasn't happy with me and went postal when he heard what I had to say.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

go postal

mainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If someone goes postal, they become extremely angry and lose control of themselves. He went postal and punched a police officer in the face. Compare with go ballistic. Note: This expression comes from a series of shootings carried out by US postal workers.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

go postal

go mad, especially from stress. US informal
This expression arose as a result of several recorded cases in the USA in which postal-service employees ran amok and shot colleagues.
1999 New Yorker A man two seats away ‘went postal’ when the battery on his cell phone gave out. A heavyset passenger had to sit on the man until the train finally pulled into Grand Central.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

go ˈpostal

(American English, informal) become extremely angry or start behaving in a violent and angry way: According to one eye witness, the man ‘went postal, and started hitting his computer’.This expression originated in the USA in the 1990s, where there were several incidents of postal workers losing control and shooting members of the public in post offices.
See also: go, postal
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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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

go postal

Slang To become extremely angry or deranged, especially in an outburst of violence.
See also: go, postal
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Available in both DVD and Blu-ray format, Terry Pratchett's Going Postal is the faithful, fabulous, live-action movie adaptation of a witty novel set in Terry Pratchett's wildly popular Discworld fantasy universe.
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Take, for example, the 2,000 people who took part in a British survey released last month to mark the DVD and Blu-ray release of the new movie Going Postal. It found that one in 20 of the respondents had sent inappropriate e-mails at work which led to being hauled up on the carpet or worse, getting sacked.
GOING POSTAL (12) DVD pounds 19.99/two-disc DVD pounds 24.99/ Blu-ray pounds 28.99 A SECOND chance at life comes with several strings attached in this lavish Sky1 adaptation of Terry Pratchett's beloved book from the Discworld series.
The survey was commissioned to mark the DVD release of the TV film Going Postal, written by Terry Pratchett.
The film adaptation of his book Going Postal has just been released on DVD and Sir Terry is delighted: "I have to say that they've come up trumps".
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Rating: *** Going Postal (Cert 12, 276 mins) Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, DVD pounds 19.99/two-disc DVD pounds 24.99/Blu-ray pounds 28.99, Comedy/Drama A SECOND chance at life comes with several strings attached in this lavish Sky1 adaptation of Terry Pratchett's beloved book from the Discworld series.
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"Beyond Going Postal: Shifting From Workplace Tragedies and Toxic Work Environments To a Safe and Healthy Organization" is a guide to dealing with disgruntled employees before their anger spills over into something far worse.
In the pipeline are adaptations of Martina Cole's novel "The Take," Chris Ryan's "Strike Back" and Terry Pratchett's "Going Postal." earlier Sky version of Pratchett's "Hogfather" won an award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
While the production team are already set on adapting another Terry Pratchett book, Going Postal, for the small screen, it seems we won't see Sir David back on Sky One for a bit.