go berserk

idiomatic phrase

: to become very angry and often violent
… the driver went berserk and started punching him when he told him they had called police.Rob Parascandola et al.
On one ski run, a teenage snowboarder nearly creamed a little girl, and [retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general Robin] Olds went berserk. The snowboarder took off with that old dogfighter hot on his tail …Ralph F. Wetterhahn
: to become very excited
The crowd was going berserk as the team scored with seconds to go.
My first day ashore at Hanna Point, I went berserk taking pictures of the chinstrap penguins.Vera Spooner

Examples of go berserk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's so much goodness, from a War Rig tanker truck laying waste to a platoon of cars and motorcycles to hundreds of War Boys going berserk on an unsuspecting biker horde. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 23 May 2024 Not to mention, the crowd went berserk when Tyler, The Creator popped out. Mya Abraham, VIBE.com, 20 June 2024 In 2009, in Stamford, Connecticut, a 200-pound chimpanzee named Travis went berserk, severely mauling its owner’s friend, Charla Nash; Travis was shot dead by police. Lorenzino Estrada, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2024 But when the venerated actor and racer’s own reference 6239, gifted to him by his wife, came up for auction in 2017, the watch world collectively went berserk. Oren Hartov, Robb Report, 22 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for go berserk 

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of go berserk was in 1869

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“Go berserk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20berserk. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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