To launch a nuclear weapon at an item that stores food, usually a fridge
You know, no country has gotten the opportunity to Nuke The Fridge yet, I wonder who will do it first?
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Nuke the fridge is a phrase with a meaning similar to jump the shark. It is used to refer to the moment in a film series(usually a half-serious genre) that is so incredible that it lessens the excitement of subsequent scenes that rely on more understated action or suspense. Such moments are felt to mark the beginning of a low point in the quality of the franchise, as it attempt to explore more absurd avenues.

The term comes from the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in which, near the start of the movie, Harrison Ford's character survives a nuclear detonation by climbing into a kitchen fridge, which is then blown hundreds of feet through the sky whilst the town disintegrates. He then emerges from the fridge with no apparent injury. Later in the movie, the audience is expected to fear for his safety in a normal fistfight.

Fans of the Indiana Jones series found the absurdity of this event in the film to be the best example of the lower quality of this installment in the series, and thus coined the phrase, "nuke the fridge."

The phrase started on the IMDb message boards and can now be found across the Internet including Youtube, Wikipedia, and Facebook.
"When George Lucas introduced Jar Jar Binks in Phantom Menace Star Wars really nuked the fridge."

"Predators and aliens in the same movie? Now they're really nuking the fridge."

"I hope Indiana Jones 5 doesn't nuke the fridge like part 4 did"
by Andrwr May 26, 2008
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To accumulate enough leftovers so as to run out of space in your refrigerator, heat them up in your microwave, and run over to your neighbor's house passed off as food you made to apologize for something you did.
-Yo man, why'd you have to kill his niece too
-Relax we'll just nuke the fridge
by Cactus Ham March 10, 2021
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A colloquialism used to delineate the precise moment at which a cinematic franchise has crossed over from remote plausibility to self parodying absurdity, usually indicating a low point in the series from which it is unlikely to recover. A reference to one of the opening scenes of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in which the titular hero manages to avoid death by nuclear explosion by hiding inside a kitchen refrigerator. The film is widely recognised by fans as a major departure from the rest of the series both in terms of content and quality.
Guy 1: "Wow. Did you see the new Indy movie? What the hell was that? It was like I was having some kind of flu induced absurdist nightmare."

Guy 2: "Yep... did or did not that series permanently Nuke the Fridge?"

Guy 1: "Oh, totally Nuked the Fridge! But I guess Spielberg is happy as long as he has the money of the people who trusted him."

Guy 2: "Guess so..."
by Nuking the Fridge May 26, 2008
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Quite simply a reference to being absolutely famished. In other words, if there’s something in the fridge that’s yours, or you’re trying to save, you better get that shit now. Every damn thing in there is about to be microwaved and devoured.
3am...wasted...: “Yo, I’m about to nuke the fridge, girl.”
homeowner: “Shit, girl, let me get that leftover Zaxby’s out of the way first.”
by DaddyWolverine March 08, 2021
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To vomit(or even take a shit) in a place such waste is not supposed to go, often preformed when drunk. Such as a fridge.
Yo I opened the fridge up this morning and found shit all stained in there!
Jesus, I hate when people nuke the fridge.
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