go off on someone

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go off on (one)

To become very angry and hostile toward one, often unexpectedly. The boss just came into my office and went off on me for no apparent reason. I'm afraid I went off on the kids a little when I came home. I just couldn't handle all the screaming.
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go off on one

To begin a fervent tirade or lecture about some topic or issue. Uh oh, Tom is going off on one again about politics. We'd better change the subject, quick!
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go off on someone

in. to berate someone. Don’t go off on me! I’m not the cause of your problems!
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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.
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