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go into orbit
1. To begin to revolve around a celestial body, as of an object in outer space. Wow, it looks like that moon has gone into orbit.
2. To enter a state of extreme agitation, panic, irritation, or anger. Oh man, I just go into orbit when someone doesn't use their turn signals on the road. I've always hated the dentist. I go into orbit just hearing the little whirr of the drill!
3. To enter a state of great happiness. I totally went into orbit watching my favorite band perform live!
1. Traveling around a celestial body. The planets are in orbit around the sun, right?
2. Extremely happy. Penny's been in orbit since getting engaged last week. I don't think she's stopped smiling once!
3. Intoxicated or high. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really in orbit!
1. Into a state of extreme agitation, panic, irritation, or anger. Few things send me into orbit like someone who doesn't use their turn signals on the road. I've always hated the dentist. Just hearing the little whirr of the drill is enough to put me into orbit!
2. Into a state of great happiness. Seeing the band perform put me into orbit from beginning to end.
3. Into an extreme increase, especially a successful one. The popular ad sent sales into orbit. People who've spent time in law enforcement know that crime goes into orbit in the summertime.
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go into orbit
1. Lit. [for a rocket, satellite, etc.] to rotate around a heavenly body in a fixed path. The satellite went into orbit just as planned. When did the moon go into orbit?
2. Fig. [for someone] to get very excited. (See also go ballistic.) She was so upset, she went into orbit. Todd went into orbit when he heard the price.
1. Lit. [of something] circling a heavenly body. (*Typically: be ~; put something [into] ~.) The moon is in orbit around the earth. They put the satellite into orbit.
2. Fig. ecstatic; thrilled; emotionally high. (*Typically: be ~.) Jane is in orbit about her new job. John went into orbit when he got the check in the mail.
3. Inf. intoxicated. After having six drinks all to herself, Julie was in orbit.
orbit (around) someone or something
to circle around something in an orbit. The flies orbited around Fred and his ice-cream cone. Many satellites orbit around our planet.
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Thrilled, delighted, as in Dean's in orbit over his son's success. This expression alludes to the successful launching into orbit of a satellite or other spacecraft. [Slang; late 1900s]
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into orbitinto a state of heightened activity, performance, anger, or excitement. informal
1988 Candia McWilliam A Case of Knives I am a greedy girl, not merely swayed but waltzed into orbit by appearances.
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go into orbit
in. to become very excited. The entire staff went into orbit when they got the news.
1. mod. ecstatic; euphoric. She was just in orbit when she got the letter.
2. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. Gary is in orbit and can’t see a hole in a ladder.
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