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stark raving mad

Cliché totally insane; completely crazy; out of control. (Often an exaggeration.) When she heard about what happened at the office, she went stark raving mad. You must be start raving mad if you think I would trust you with my car!
See also: mad, raving, stark

be stark raving mad

  (British, American & Australian) also be stark staring mad (British)
to be completely crazy She looked at me as though she thought I was stark raving mad.
See also: mad, raving, stark

stark naked

completely naked He walked into the room stark naked.
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stark raving mad

Totally crazy, as in The constant uncertainty over his job is making him stark raving mad. This term, meaning "completely wildly insane," is used both hyperbolically and literally. Versions of this expression appear to have sprung from the minds of great literary figures. Stark mad was first recorded by poet John Skelton in 1489; stark raving was first recorded by playwright John Beaumont in 1648; stark staring mad was first used by John Dryden in 1693. The current wording, stark raving mad, first appeared in Henry Fielding's The Intriguing Chambermaid in 1734.
See also: mad, raving, stark
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Starks was asked to take the reins of the new program, which started play in 1987.
Rickard hoped to do this by arranging his oldest son Brandon Stark, Ned's older brother, to marry Catelyn Tully, and Lyanna Stark (sounds familiar?
Margaret Starks, who had raised Kilman by herself, moved home, then was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Starks arouses Janie's interest by offering her a position, as well as comfort in life, when he says to her,
June Stark said that in the future, the experienced high-rise developers who get financing will be the major players.
Starks doesn't think that heat protection is diverting bees from other jobs so much as rallying taskless bees.
Starks is based in part on the infamous real-life queer gangster Ronnie Kray, and as Arnott points out, "Kray, along with Harry Starks, saw himself in the great tradition of empire men.
JetHawks pitchers Joe Mays and Denny Stark were ready for the next challenge despite the stories they had heard.
Starks raises the possibility that it's not just males who take advantage of workers, but all future players in reproduction, including females who will grow into queens.
Buck Williams will probably replace Ewing, and Starks will start in place of Houston.
To test this idea, Starks established colonies of labeled wasps in a greenhouse and noted which captive wasps were tending nests and which were unaffiliated.
The Knicks had a chance to try for a tie, but John Starks had trouble handling a pass from Anthony Mason and was called for walking with 1.