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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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Despite the political theatre of "distrust," Europe has equally come to terms with the fact that Iran has gone nuclear, which means the Congress's anti-Iran rhetoric is superficial.
Soon after the incident, Dale tweeted: "Oh dear, I seem to have gone nuclear.
HER recent tour was named Radioactive and in this garish get-up it looks like Rita Ora may have just gone 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.
On the occasion, he appealed to the international comity of nations to resolve the Kashmir Problem for permanent peace and prosperity in Asia, which has gone nuclear.
This is because they have gone nuclear, whereas we have been destroying that capacity for decades.
It does appear the French (EDF Energy) have gone nuclear and now have us in a full-nelson and we really have no option but to submit - to our chagrin we must hope the Spanish (Iberdrola) and the French (EDF) bear us no animosity over Trafalgar and will let bygones be bygones.
Chrysler have predictably gone nuclear, saying his inflammatory rhetoric resembles the book burnings of the past, and that the US should be all about choice.
With both Pakistan and North Korea having gone nuclear, these arguments are no longer convincing to the US which is keen to see such transfers discontinued.
Fifteen years later, proponents of the Reagan doctrine face the same dilemma, with an added twist: many of the regional policemen have gone nuclear.
was caught off-guard by nearly every country that has gone nuclear, from the Soviet Union in 1949 to North Korea in 2006.