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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.

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.

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]

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.

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.

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.

go ballistic

Slang
To become very angry or irrational.
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I have won six times on Go Ballistic so I knew what I had to beat - and I knew I could.
The races might have differed and the trainers might have changed - regularly - but Go Ballistic returned to P restbury Park as sure as night follows day.
Go Ballistic was one of 23 horses left in the race yesterday and favourite Frenchman's Creek will not get the final go-ahead to run until Saturday even though trainer Hughie Morrison was happier when he looked at the track yesterday.
Some might wonder why Go Ballistic is on 167 but he has done it in good company while Gloria Victis has yet to.
Original top-weight Suny Bay was not among them, meaning that the weights will rise by a total of 11lb, with General Wolfe and Go Ballistic now sharing top-weight on 11st 10lb.
Strong Promise failed his Gold Cup acid test when outstayed by Go Ballistic in the Jim Ford Challenge Cup Chase at Wincanton yesterday.
I READ with great pleasure the letter from Lee Ann Day (April 25) and I would like to thank her for her very kind comments with regard to `the old boy' Go Ballistic.
If Sackville were to miss Sandown then there would a further rise in the weights of 10lb putting 13-year-old Go Ballistic at the head of the handicap.
PAUL SHEERIN heads for Rugby Park on Wednesday knowing past exploits in the Scottish Cup are making it much more difficult for Super Caley to go ballistic in the replay at Kilmarnock.
I'm a great believer in the formbook and the way we beat Go Ballistic puts us in with a chance against See More Business," said Chance.
See More Business beat Go Ballistic by a length last Thursday, with Irish-trained Florida Pearl third.
organised a parade of British-bred performers that included See More Business, Red Marauder, Rooster Booster and Go Ballistic.