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go off the rails

informal
to start behaving in a way that is not generally acceptable, especially dishonestly or illegally: He went off the rails in his first year at university.
Translations of “go off the rails”
in Chinese (Traditional) 舉止怪異, 越過道德底線,行為不軌…
in Chinese (Simplified) 举止怪异, 越过道德底线,行为不轨…
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