Get out of hand

To become difficult to control:

It was the end of term and the children were getting a little out of hand.

Cambridge Dictionary

If a situation or person gets out of hand, they become impossible to control any longer

The demonstration was getting out of hand.

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

The Dutch saying “het loopt de spuigaten uit” can be roughly translated into English as “it’s getting out of hand” or “it’s going too far.” It is used to express a situation where things are getting excessive or out of control.

1 🇺🇸 🇦🇫 On the Afghan war front line: US Marines’ film in spotlight | Al Jazeera English

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31 mrt. 2019

It is the longest war in United States history and there is still no end in sight for the combat in Afghanistan.
While talks between the US and the Taliban are making progress, a controversial new film is getting all the attention.
Filmed by US Marines in Afghanistan, Combat Obscura gives viewers a more realistic look at life on the front line. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports from New York.
Ahmed Abdi
It’s a horrible, So horrible treating people like this in their own motherland. It’s a disgrace.
Russell Kimmel
War in Afghanistan was always about profits for the military industrial complex
Aura The Draak
That’s your taxpayers money for you 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Gold K
The war in Afghanistan was a grave mistake. It is the land where Empires go to die, plane and simple.

Examples from the Corpus
Get out of hand

• The costs have continued to increase, and now seem to be getting out of hand.
• But has the Fed failed to prevent the imbalances created by the recent boom from getting out of hand?
• My mum used to sit nearby and make sure nothing got out of hand.
• We let ourselves get out of hand.
• It was a practical joke that got a little out of hand.
• Pull or spray garden weeds before they get out of hand.
• Hundreds of police were poised to intervene if things got out of hand, but they did not.
• Police were called in when the situation began to get out of hand.
• Things started to get out of hand.
• This was getting out of hand.
• But eventually it became clear that things were getting out of hand.

2 Police Officer Accidentally Helps Thieves Escape

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