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before the balloon goes up

Before the situation becomes serious, critical, chaotic, or troublesome. Our analysts have been predicting a market crash for months now. If we don't get diversify our assets soon before the balloon goes up, we're going to be in serious trouble. My parents' relationship has been on the rocks for years. I just hope I'm out of the house before the balloon goes up.
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