go ballistic

[ buh-lis-tik ]SEE DEFINITION OF go ballistic

WORD ORIGIN

1775, "pertaining to thrown objects," ultimately from Greek ballein "to throw" (see ballistics). Of rockets or missiles (ones that are guided while under propulsion, but fall freely), from 1949. Ballistic missile first attested 1954; they attain extreme heights, hence figurative expression go ballistic (1981) "become irrationally angry."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR GO BALLISTIC

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.