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Also, hit the ceiling or roof. Lose one's temper, become very angry, as in Marge went through the roof when she heard she'd been fired. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

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Reach new or unexpected heights, as in After the war, food prices went through the roof. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

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What does go through the roof mean?

Go through the roof is a phrase that refers to something suddenly going really high or unexpectedly increasing greatly, as in The price of computers went through the roof after the parts shortage.

Go through the roof can also mean to get really angry, as in My mom went through the roof after she found out I broke the television.

Example: The company sold millions of new toys after an endorsement from the popular celebrity caused demand to go through the roof. 

Where does go through the roof come from?

The first records of go through the roof come from around 1946. It is a causal phrase that alludes to something going up so quickly and forcefully that it smashes through a roof and flies into the sky.

While both meanings of go through the roof are used, the sense of a sudden large increase is much more common. Go through the roof is used frequently in economics and marketing, particularly to discuss prices or sales figures.

Other things can go through the roof, as well, such as interest, popularity, and statistics.

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How is go through the roof used in real life?

Go through the roof is a common phrase that refers to things suddenly increasing or going up a huge amount.

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The new singer’s popularity caused record sales to go through the roof, and every store was sold out of the band’s albums.

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