One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[NO OBJECT]North American
Collapse or be beside oneself with frustration, annoyance, or other strong emotion.‘lots of directors plotz while making their films’
- ‘‘When I found out, when she had graduated from college, I just about plotzed.’’
- ‘I mean, for real - doesn't this just make you plotz?’
- ‘Mom's about to plotz and I really don't need to hear any more about how you're abandoning them.’
1960s: from Yiddish platsen, literally ‘to burst’, from Middle High German platzen.
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