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when the balloon goes up
When the situation becomes serious, critical, chaotic, or troublesome. Our analysts have been predicting a market crash for months now. If we don't get diversify our assets soon, we're going to be in serious trouble when the balloon goes up. My parents' relationship has been on the rocks for years. I just hope I'm out of the house when the balloon goes up.
when (or before) the balloon goes upwhen (or before) the action or trouble starts. informal
The balloon alluded to is probably one released to mark the start of an event.
1959 Punch The international rules of war are apt to be waived when the balloon goes up.