English translation: stopped working, went crazy/awry (pinball)
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That's what I meant: I believe it does originate with pinball. After all, it's quite literal: if the machine tilts, the functions lock and your game is over. So if something "goes tilt" (or simply "tilts"), it breaks down/stops working/goes berserk.
I get that part. I could pick that from context and I know that it's from pinball. Alas, I am from the age of Atari so my pinball esperience is limited. So I'm trying to figure out where the expression originated from.
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stopped working, went crazy/awry (pinball)
Explanation: The expression comes from pinball machines that stop working if you cause them to tilt.
I'd say in this context it means the negotiations broke down because the government structures were collapsing.
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