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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.
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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.
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Instead of going nuclear, the Philippines should go all-out for clean, safe and renewable energy sources that are plentiful in our country,' Pineda said.
Renewable sources are making an increasing contribution, as sun and wind energy are harnessed, but going nuclear will be crucial if Britain is to power ahead.
Taken together, hence, the main message hidden in the Security Council's decision to lift sanctions is that the West has come to terms with the idea of Iran going nuclear, and that the Congress's anti-Iran rhetoric is superficial.
He said motivation for going nuclear were different for Pakistan, which got the Bomb for its security while India went nuclear to get big power status.
That leaves the Iranians on the threshold of going nuclear.
On Sunday, Hagel told reporters a major US arms deal with Israel would send a "very clear signal" to Iran that military action remains an option to stop it from going nuclear.
Western nations have "tried their utmost to prevent Iran from going nuclear, but Iran has gone nuclear," President Ahmadi-nejad said in a speech Tuesday inaugurating the mine and yellowcake plant.
Time and again, President Barack Obama has made it perfectly clear that he was committed to the strategy of preventing Iran from going nuclear.
The Pew Global Attitudes survey of 21 nations finds most oppose Iran going nuclear, including the neighboring nations of Egypt, Jordan and Turkey.
The German decision, the Swiss decision and the Scottish decision should give Wales food for thought; if they can consider going nuclear free in the future why can''t Wales?
He reports that Mossad activities have helped slow Iran's nuclear program, including by killing three important physicists (you can believe Dagan's 2015 estimate); it killed several terrorists (even the diplomatic damage from the successful Dubai assassination, Melman reports, has been salved); and, most importantly, it prevented Syria from going nuclear.
John Park, an analyst at the US Institute of Peace, said that although China has been leading international efforts to stop North Korea from going nuclear, "its top priority right now is stabilizing" the economically fragile country, whose leader Kim Jong-il recently launched a process to hand over power to his third son, Kim Jong-un.
Singaporean elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew believes China is less worried about North Korea going nuclear than the prospect of losing it as a buffer state, according to a U.
Japan would not consider going nuclear even if the United States adopts a ''no first use'' policy for nuclear weapons, a scientists' advocacy group concluded in a report released Tuesday.
The reactor factor; how to handle difficult work situations without going nuclear.