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