go off the handle

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go off the handle

To become uncontrollably angry; to lose control of one's temper. It's a shame the candidate allowed himself to go off the handle like that during the debate, as it undermines a lot of the really solid arguments he'd been making up to that point. I know you're upset, but there's no point going off the handle like that. It was just an honest mistake.
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He has a way of calming me down by giving me a look that says, 'You're going off the handle.' We also have a very open dialogue outside the studio." Petrocci ascribes the intense but enjoyable rehearsal environment to Pink's attitude.
"I am aware I cannot be going off the handle as much as I did as a player," Keane said, "but if I feel something is not right, I will nail it.
I am aware I can't be going off the handle as much as I did as a player.
"The big thing he taught me was to be calm and to be control before I went into the dressing room at half-time."He was able to teach me the value of being constructive in my team talks rather than just going off the handle and saying things that I would regret.