go ballistic.

Idiom

Go Ballistic

Definition

Become extremely angry or frustrated.

Examples

When I got the bad grade on my test, I went ballistic.

My dad went ballistic when he found out I had taken the car without permission.

My brother went ballistic when I teased him about his new hairstyle.

My friend went ballistic when I told her the party was cancelled.

My teacher went ballistic when she caught me cheating on the exam.

Origin

Believed to come from military slang, referring to the launch of a ballistic missile.

FAQs

Question

What does it mean to ‘go ballistic’?

Answer

It means to become extremely angry or frustrated.

Question

What is the origin of this phrase?

Answer

The origin of this phrase is believed to come from military slang, referring to the launch of a ballistic missile.