go ballistic

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a. Of or relating to the study of the dynamics of projectiles.
b. Of or relating to the study of the internal action of firearms.
2. Of or relating to projectiles, their motion, or their effects.
go ballistic Slang
To become very angry or irrational.

[From ballista.]

bal·lis′ti·cal·ly adv.
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Verb1.go ballistic - get very angry and fly into a rage; "The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question"; "Spam makes me go ballistic"
rage - feel intense anger; "Rage against the dying of the light!"
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NEW DELHI -- The Indian Army has denied claims by TV channels that it had retaliated in response to alleged mutilation of its soldiers by Pakistan, stating that TV channels go ballistic without confirming reports.
Washington, June 14 ( ANI ): Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he would like to get a quote tattooed across his body, but thinks that his parents would go ballistic if they were to find out.
He doesn't chastise people or go ballistic or anything like that.
A MEMORIAL service for Sheila Lockhart, owner of Go Ballistic, will be held in the spring, writes Graham Green.
To be honest at half time I had to go in and just go ballistic, that's the only way to describe it.
One of only 36 made - with a properly documented racing history - bids for it could go ballistic, given the current strong market for antique autos.
Most wives would go ballistic, but then, if you marry the son of Britain's wartime Fascist leader, you probably need to be shock-proof..
"And secondly if anyone scores and gives me another baby celebration, then I will go ballistic.
O'Neill raged: "If anyone scores and gives me another baby-rocking goal celebration, then I will go ballistic - absolutely apoplectic.
I think I'm gonna need some therapy Oh babe I hope you've got a PhD Won't you let me on your leather couch I've got a lot I need to talk about I think I'm crazy Think I'm stupid Must have lost my mind Wonder what I'm thinking lovin' you 'cause boy if you were mine, I'd really go insane, You'd be my favourite thing, I'd go ballistic Entries to Rick Fulton, Daily Record, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA.
Moral Support 10-1 Hampered and refused first Canal Turn (8th2000: Dark Stranger 9-1 Unseated rider 3rd1999: Fiddling The Facts 6-1 Fell second Becher's (22nd1998: EARTH SUMMIT 7-1 WON1997: Go Ballistic 7-1 Pulled up 29th1996: ROUGH QUEST 7-1 WON1995: Master Oats 5-1 7th1994: Moorcroft Boy 5-1 3rd1993: Void race1992: Docklands Express 15-2 4th1991: Bonanza Boy 13-2 5th1990: Brown Windsor 7-1 4th1989: Dixton House 7-1 Fell first Becher's (6th1988: Sacred Path 17-2 Fell first1987: West Tip 5-1 4th1986: Mr Snugfit 13-2 4th1985: West Tip 13-2 Fell second Becher's (22nd
except for Luke." Luke paints pictures that resemble modern art causing his teacher to "go ballistic." Then Luke skips school one day to visit an art museum, and he is reassured that his original style is fine.