to go ballistic

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - go ballistic

"to go ballistic"

to become irrationally enraged


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - go ballistic

"to go ballistic"

to become very high, large or inflated


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Idiom Scenario 1a

Idiom Definition - go ballistic

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was your tennis match with Jarrod?

Friend 2:  I won.

Friend 1:  That's great!

Friend 2:  Maybe not. Jarrod went ballistic when he lost the match and smashed his tennis racquet over my head.

Friend 1:  Oh, that's right. Jarrod does have a temper and he hates to lose.

Idiom Scenario 1b

Idiom Definition - go ballistic

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Are you going to submit your preliminary report?

Colleague 2:  I am afraid to. I am worried that the boss will go ballistic.

Colleague 1:  Why? Is the report that bad?

Colleague 2:  First quarter earnings are down thirty percent and the boss has been really stressed lately.

Colleague 1:  Be prepared for the boss to freak out then.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - go ballistic

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How are sales going with your new product category?

Colleague 2:  Unbelievable. Sales have gone ballistic. We are seeing a two hundred percent increase monthly.

Colleague 1:  Wow! That is really a high sales volume.

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to go ballistic - Gerund Form:

Going ballistic when you get upset is not a good way to deal with the situation.

to go ballistic - Examples:

1)  Martin lost his composure entirely and went ballistic in his outburst.

2)  ... we're very fortunate. We bought our flat cheaply before house prices went ballistic.

3)  ... findings to Monsanto that the pesticide industry quickly went ballistic, ferociously attacking him and his team's integrity from every conceivable angle. 

4)  ... people stood up, clapping, there were lots of tears and the crowd went ballistic.

5)  ... and there were very inappropriate words. And one of the parents went ballistic because, you know, her daughter was asking what a vulva was.

6)  These commentators are crazy. Listen to the man on the mic go ballistic when Iceland grabbed a late winner against Austria at Euro 2016.

7)  ... which is produced in large quantities and doesn't usually go ballistic, has climbed 85% in this period in Delhi.

8)  When that change involves women, men go ballistic.

9)  Steele's sideline demeanor isn't one of a coach that's going to go ballistic over a questionable call by the officials or a mistake by one of his .

10)  ... say that a woman who has been hungry all day wouldn't just simply go ballistic and take her ire out on the man who is she is fasting for?

11)  And he demonstrated once again his dangerous penchant for going ballistic on anyone who disapproves of his proposals. 

12)  ... numbers of bookings received by his firm for trips to Iran have been "going ballistic" in recent months.

13)  ... clear and concise when he described Botha as being "explosive, shouting, going ballistic and threatening to kill".

14)  Craigh was going ballistic. He was shouting, pointing and became explosive.

15)  ... person kicking and punching another man," she said. "He was going ballistic, and the other man was not fighting back."

16)  Seconds later Muller flies in to Pelle with a slide tackle and Conte goes ballistic on the sideline. It's heating up. 

17)  But give a monkey two apples and then take one away and the monkey goes ballistic.

18)  With time, Rahul's love turns into an obsession for Kiran and he goes ballistic when he finds out that Kiran is already in love with Sunil played by Sunny.

19)  Then someone gets Escherichia coli from a slice at the local pizzeria and everyone goes ballistic about why the public health department wasn't monitoring the mozzarella.

20)  But when Vlad gets truly pissed off with the bad guys, he goes ballistic on them and his rage knows no bounds.