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1. To be or become wild, restless, irrational, or crazy; to act in such a way. The drivers in this country seem to go completely bonkers if there's even a little bit of snow on the ground. Don't give the kids too much sugar or they'll end up going bonkers! We thought taking our family vacation in a tiny cottage out in the country would be a nice break from city life, but we all went a bit bonkers after a few days.
2. To be or become very angry or upset. My parents went bonkers when they found out I'd taken the car without asking. Now, don't go bonkers or anything, but I've decided to move to Canada.
3. To be or become extremely excited or enthusiastic (about something). I've never understood that pop star's popularity, but kids just go bonkers for her music.
See also: bonkers
(stark) raving bonkers
Totally crazy or eccentric; filled with an excessive amount of emotion, especially anger or excitement. I know you'll probably think me raving bonkers, but I sold all my possessions and am moving to a small village in China. The announcement drove fans stark raving bonkers, as it will be the first new album the band has released in over 10 years. The boss is stark raving mad after I bungled the expense reports.
(stark) raving mad
Totally crazy or eccentric; filled with an excessive amount of emotion, especially anger or excitement. I know you'll probably think I'm raving mad, but I sold all my possessions and am moving to a small village in China. The announcement drove fans stark raving mad, as it will be the first new album the band has released in over 10 years. The boss is stark raving bonkers after I bungled the expense reports.
drive someone battyand drive someone bonkers; drive someone nuts
Fig. to annoy or irritate someone. You are certainly annoying! You're going to drive me batty. This cold is driving me bonkers. These tax forms are driving me nuts.
drive someone crazy
Also, drive someone mad or bananas or bonkers or nuts or up the wall ; drive someone to drink. Greatly exasperate someone, annoy to distraction. For example, His habitual lateness drives me crazy, or Apologizing over and over drives me bananas, or These slovenly workmen drive me up the wall, or Your nagging is driving me to drink. All of these hyperbolic expressions describe a person's extreme frustration, supposedly to the point of insanity ( crazy, mad, nuts, bonkers, and bananas all mean "insane"); up the wall alludes to climbing the walls to escape and to drink to imbibing alcohol to induce oblivion.
(stark) raving ˈmad/ˈbonkers(informal) completely crazy; suddenly very angry with somebody: Are you stark raving mad, jumping off a moving train? ♢ When I told her I’d crashed her car, she went stark raving bonkers.
1. and crackers mod. insane; crazy. I think I am going crackers.
2. mod. slightly intoxicated. She’s too bonkers to drive.