go postal

postal

[pohs-tl]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the post office or mail service: postal delivery; postal employees.
noun
2.
Informal. postal card.
Idioms
3.
go postal, Slang. to lose control or go crazy, especially in a violent way.

Origin:
1835–45; post3 + -al1; def. 2 in reference to incidents of violence among postal workers in the early 1990s

postally, adverb
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postal (ˈpəʊstəl)
 
adj
of or relating to a Post Office or to the mail-delivery service
 
'postally
 
adv

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postal
"pertaining to the mail system," 1843, on model of Fr. postale (1836), from post (3). Noun meaning "state of irrational and violent anger" (usually in phrase going postal) attested by 1997, in ref. to a cluster of news-making workplace shootings in U.S. by what were commonly
described as "disgruntled postal workers" (the cliche itself, though not the phrase, goes back to at least 1994).
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go postal definition


  1. in.
    to become wild; to go berserk. : He made me so mad I thought I would go postal.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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