The Balloon goes up




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The Balloon goes up : Phrases



Meaning:

Impending trouble.


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Origin:

This phrase relates to the use of observation balloons in the first World War. The sight of such a balloon going up nearly always resulted in a barrage of shells following soon after. The expression was re-inforced during WWII when the hoisting of barrage balloons was part of the preparations for an air raid.





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