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Date: 1900-2000
Origin: ballistic 'of ballistics' (18-21 centuries), from Latin ballista 'weapon for throwing large rocks', from Greek, from ballein 'to throw'

ballistic

adjective
     
bal‧lis‧tic spoken

go ballistic

to suddenly become very angry:
I couldn't believe it! She went ballistic just because there were peas in her pasta.

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