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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Aguirre was a member of the prosecution, and the feisty senator went off the handle when they dropped five of the seven articles of impeachment.
You have as many awful ones as we do - Laurence Olivier went off the handle in some of his last movies - and there are also some wonderful American actors.
The type of stuff that would be good on tape - the angry confrontation with the racial or sexual epithet - it's hard to know when those things are going to come at you, unless you had an employer who repeatedly went off the handle,'' Johnson said.