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go ballistic

To become wildly or uncontrollably angry. My parents went totally ballistic when they found out I'd wrecked the car! Now, don't go ballistic or anything, but I've decided to move to Canada.
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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.
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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]
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go ballistic

INFORMAL
If someone goes ballistic, they get extremely angry. They claim the singer went ballistic after a member of his band failed to show up for a sound check. She'll go ballistic when she finds out. Note: This expression uses the image of a ballistic missile, and the powerful explosion which it causes. Compare with go nuclear.
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go ballistic

fly into a rage. informal
1998 New Scientist The French nuclear industry, local authorities around La Hague and some government agencies went ballistic. Viel was fiercely condemned for his findings.
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go balˈlistic

(informal) become very angry: He went ballistic when I told him about the accident.A ballistic missile is a weapon that is sent through the air and that explodes when it hits the thing that it is aimed at. When it goes ballistic it starts to fall towards its target and so becomes very dangerous.
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go ballistic

Slang
To become very angry or irrational.
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go ballistic, to

To become irrationally angry and out of control. This slangy expression originally referred to a guided missile that went out of control. It began to be used to describe human anger in the 1980s and quickly caught on. The New Republic used it on November 6, 1989: “He would go ballistic over the idea of reopening the capital gains tax break for real estate.” It is well on its way to being a cliché.
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The Focus RS is ballistically fast which, on public roads, could end up doing some serious damage to your driving licence.
Other than that, it was dimensionally and ballistically identical to the Mle.
Much like the sadly neglected 16-gauge with its ballistically efficient 1-ounce "square" load, the 28 patterns its 3/4-ounce load well and has become a first choice for the uplands.
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They require all the size and weight of a magnum-class revolver without doing anything ballistically that an auto of that size (or smaller) can't do just as well or better.
The powder charge was considered relatively light for such a heavy gun, the bullet was not particularly ballistically efficient, and range was limited.
The CVLSP version includes armoured seats, ballistically tolerant, self-sealing fuel tanks and external hard-points for gun pods, missiles and rockets.
Its 10mm cartridge is ballistically similar to the .41 Magnum and is a satisfactory choice for bear defense.
Barnes itself has added variations: the ballistically improved polymer-tipped TTSX, and the tipped MRX featuring a tungsten-based heel core for shorter-by-weight bullet dimensions and increased case capacity.
Electrons move ballistically down nanotubes and don't scatter about as they do in other conducting materials, such as copper and aluminum cables.
The mixed metal bullets are ballistically more enhanced, they are more lethal and give us more range," he said.
As General Brooks noted in a March 27 briefing, coalition forces saw "uncontrolled surface-to-air missile (SAM) fire." He explained that, although Iraq's SAM systems are normally radar guided, "there's a hazard to turning on a radar against one of our aircraft, a very certa in hazard, and so the firing crews have decided not to turn on the radar and [to] fire the missiles ballistically."
"Surface-to-air missile fire is normally controlled by radar but there is a hazard turning on radar against our aircraft, a very certain hazard, so the firing crews have decided not to turn on their radar and fire the missiles ballistically. They are also using old stock and those stocks are not reliable and missiles are going up and coming down.
Police documents shown to us reveal that, two years after the 1974 shooting, Detective X gave this Baretta to a Special Branch Inspector called Jimmy Blair, who had it ballistically tested and confirmed it as the weapon used in the attack.