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Difference between Fly off the handle and Go off the handle

fly off the handle —(coll.) get into a rage; lose one’s temper:

  • When we are under stress, we are more likely to fly off the handle.

go off the handle —(coll.)

1. = fly off the handle:

  • Jimmy went off the handle at once; and Nicol kept patting him on the back.

2. die:

  • My old gentleman means to be Mayor before he goes off the handle.

Note: Neither expression is antonymous in meaning to the phrase get a handle on something—understand or be able to master smth. fully:

  • This book should prove useful for anyone who wants to get a handle on this complex subject.