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“Go Ape” is an idiom that started to be used in the 1950s. The phrase is similar as “to go bananas”. It can be used to explain the excitement people feel:
The crowds go ape for Beyonce.
Or is can be used in a negative way:
Fans go ape when their team loses.
Idioms Online. (2018, October 7). Go Ape. Idioms Online. https://www.idioms.online/go-ape/.
Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Go Ape. Merriam-Webster Dictionary. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20ape.