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freakout

[ freek-out ]
/ ˈfrikˌaʊt /
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noun Also freak-out .
an act or instance of freaking out.
a person who freaks out.
verb phrase freak out [freek out]. /ˌfrik ˈaʊt/.
to lose or cause to lose emotional control from extreme excitement, shock, fear, joy, despair, etc.: Seeing the dead body completely freaked him out.
to enter into or cause a period of irrational behavior or emotional instability, especially under the influence of a drug: to be freaked out on LSD.
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Origin of freakout

First recorded in 1965–70; noun use of verb phrase freak out (in the sense “to lose one's emotional control”
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British Dictionary definitions for freakout

freak out

verb (adverb)
informal to be or cause to be in a heightened emotional state, such as that of fear, anger, or excitement
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Other Idioms and Phrases with freakout

freak out

1

Experience or cause to experience hallucinations, paranoia, or other frightening feelings as a result of taking a mind-altering drug. For example, They were freaking out on LSD or some other drug. [Slang; mid-1960s]

2

Behave or cause to behave irrationally and uncontrollably, with enthusiasm, excitement, fear, or madness. For example, The band's wild playing made the audience freak out, or It was such a close accident, it really freaked me out, or She freaked out and ended up in the psychiatric ward. [Slang; 1960s] Also see flip one's lid; wig out.

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