Definition of when the balloon goes up in English:

when the balloon goes up

phrase

British
informal
  • When the action or trouble starts.

    ‘we've got to get our man out of there before the balloon goes up’
    • ‘If he wants to be certain of being absolutely on the ball when the balloon goes up - if it does - it's as well he gets a rest now.’
    • ‘Lo and behold, when the balloon goes up they cannot repay those loans.’
    • ‘It will be hard to request more resources if and when the balloon goes up in a place like that.’
    • ‘They are demanding this, that and the other, but they won't lose out when the balloon goes up - they'll be living it up in Monte Carlo.’
    • ‘Next time we will have a longer run at it, and it will lose a darned sight more when the balloon goes up.’
    • ‘I don't think that deadline of March 17 is going to be it, you know, when the balloon goes up.’