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when the balloon goes up

Slang definitions & phrases for when the balloon goes up

when the balloon goes up

adverb phrase

When war, action, etc, begins

[Army fr WWI British Army; fr a balloon released to signal the beginning of a barrage]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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