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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.
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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It states that the possibility of the conflict going nuclear increased after India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made a veiled threat of nuclear war in the region.
She was addressing a media workshop to mark anniversary of Pakistan going nuclear on 28 May in 1998.
Enrile, a former defense minister during the Marcos years, said going nuclear for the military is the only way the country can fend off China in the territory that Beijing disputes.
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.
You might call this our "Going Nuclear" issue: That phrase can be used to describe both Iran's alleged weapons program and the move by Democrats to change the U.S.
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. They are adding 3,000 new high-speed centrifuges.
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. Skeptics argue that he is yet to put his money where his mouth is.
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.