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English definition of “the balloon goes up”

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the balloon goes up

If the balloon goes up, a situation suddenly becomes very serious or unpleasant: The balloon went up last Friday when the scandal became public.
Translations of “the balloon goes up”
in Chinese (Traditional) 形勢變嚴峻, 情況變糟…
in Chinese (Simplified) 形势变严峻, 情况变糟…
(Definition of the balloon goes up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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