go nuclear

go nuclear

1. To use nuclear weapons, as by the military, often considered a last resort. I'm worried about the repercussions if our military officials decide to go nuclear.
2. In the US Senate, to pursue a course of action allowing the majority party to end filibustering with a simple majority, rather than the usually required supermajority of 60%. Senators could, however, go nuclear and approve this nomination.
3. To behave wildly. You only turn 21 once, so I plan to go nuclear at my birthday party this weekend!
4. To aggressively express one's anger. When mom finds out you dented her brand-new car, she's going to go nuclear!
5. To take drastic action. Whoa, calling the CEO about this issue is definitely going nuclear—let's see what we can do on our own first.
See also: go, nuclear

go nuclear

mainly BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone goes nuclear, they get extremely angry and start shouting or behaving violently. The row during which he went nuclear and resigned from his post was much reported in the press. Compare with go ballistic.
See also: go, nuclear
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The Americans became the first Western leaders to break a taboo by recognizing that Iran may go nuclear.
A senior British military officer also told the paper that Western military leaders "all assume the Saudis have made the decision to go nuclear.
Yet the prospective agreement is so clearly a pathway to an Iranian bomb that the Saudis are signaling that the deal itself would impel them to go nuclear.
In charge of nuclear and alternative energy at the Ghanian Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Robert Sogbadji, said : "Now we have rejuvenated the whole idea to go nuclear because it was envisaged that it would be so cheap that we would not even have to price electricity.
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With the best intentions and all efforts, (the former US) President (Ronald) Reagan vowed that Pakistan would not go nuclear.
allows Iran to go nuclear, it risks the "Finlandization" of the Persian Gulf.
To be fair to King Jong-un, if I was given a haircut like that, I'd go nuclear.
Does the nation go nuclear, rely on renewable technology or "frack" our countryside to release gas?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argues that Iran must be kept from holding huge quantities of enriched uranium lest it go nuclear.
THE competition for Celtic's right-back role will go nuclear in two weeks - but Cha Du Ri insists increased competition will only fire him up.
Lee told Steinberg that he believes Japan may well go nuclear, and that the prospect of Japan with nuclear weapons is less bad in China's view than losing North Korea as a buffer state.
While Riedel is certainly not against sabotage, sanctions, and the likehe would certainly prefer that Israel retain its nuclear monopoly in the regionhis argument is very much one for allowing Iran to go nuclear, not because we want it to but because the alternatives are worse.
The broadcasters of Radio Pakistan need to know that India had to go nuclear only because of Pakistan secretly equipped itself with nuclear bombs.
In an interview with Kyodo News in Pyongyang, Ro Jong Su, a director-level researcher at the Foreign Ministry, dismissed the claim in some circles in the United States that Japan and South Korea could go nuclear unless the international community stops Pyongyang's nuclear development, calling such a claim ''outrageous'' and ''far from the reality.