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go berserk

To go crazy, especially in anger. The phrase, and the word "berserk" itself, is related to a group of Norse warriors called "berserkers," who were known for being violently frenzied in battle. Mom will go berserk if she catches you sneaking out after curfew again.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

go berserk

to go crazy. She went berserk and strangled her cat.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

go berserk

Erupt in furious rage, become crazily violent. For example, When they announced the gymnast's score, her coach went berserk. This expression is believed to allude to the name of Norse warriors renowned for their ferocity in battle and for wearing no armor but a bearskin shirt (or berserkar). [Late 1800s] Also see go ape.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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'GONE BERSERK' The residents accused the clerk of abandoning and leaving his son with his grandmother after chasing away his wife.
Sharma, the state's Law and Legislative Affairs Minister, told ANI, "They (BJP) have gone berserk after losing 3 states.
In reference to Artemio Panganiban's column ('Party-list, an experiment gone berserk,' 11/4/18), the former chief justice was just being civil by not revealing to laypeople like us (unschooled in law but steeped in common sense) the real reason why the Supreme Court virtually 'bastardized' the party-list concept now embedded in our electoral process.
And theatre bosses say that within minutes of announcing the show, its box office had "gone berserk".
We are not making movies about people that have gone berserk or gone nuts.
I remember how we used to swing you, pendulum-like, toward each other, and how instead of slamming into your sis in mid-air you both cackled: G with that chuckle gone berserk; J, who doesn't require aviating the air via her father's arms to go berserk going berserk.
It was reported he has found a police phone log suggesting his father Nevill called police on the night of the 1985 massacre, saying his daughter had "gone berserk" and "got hold of one of my guns".
A police spokesman said: "He'd gone berserk, throwing missiles at crew and threatening to start fires."
Bowers, 22, was said to have gone berserk with staff after taking his girlfriend, who was having an anxiety attack, to casualty at 4am.
Insp Colin Rust of Warwickshire police said: "A call was received from the Hill Top area to say that one of their neighbours had gone berserk and had sprayed up to five people, including a 20-month-old baby, with a CS-type spray."
With You in Mind #2 (all works 1999) swoops over its more than nine feet of paper like a mandala gone berserk. From a plethora of petite dots, ovals, and lax rectangles clustered at the center of the painting, Bovasso generates steadily increasing arcs and rivulets, picking up pace and scale throughout, until the painting erupts into bubbles and fiery tongues of color.
"Brutal footpads who have gone berserk" was the description applied to the Japanese by Mr Herbert Morrison, Home Secretary, in the speech at Wolverhampton yesterday.
But this one is absurd; it is housekeeping gone berserk.
A militant lawmaker said the 'country's state of impunity has gone berserk' following the killing of Fr.
Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], November 12 ( ANI ): Union Minister of Ministry of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar on Sunday gave it back to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on his 'Vikas paagal ho gaya hai' assertion in the same vein and said it was not 'vikas' but the grand old party that had gone berserk.