drive (someone) mad

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drive (someone) mad

1. To upset, irritate, or annoy someone to the point of distraction. It drives me mad seeing all these people just staring at their phones all day long. Would you stop shouting, you're driving me mad!
2. To cause someone to become unhinged, insane, or mentally unstable. All that pressure finally drove Steve mad in the end. You kids are going to drive me mad one of these days with all your arguing.
See also: drive, mad
References in classic literature ?
A passionate love for a faithless lover would drive her mad, my poor Fosseuse
Her relationship with her mother grows more strained, and problems in school begin to drive her mad.
Gaslight, by Patrick Hamilton, tells the story of a Victorian villain who marries a woman for her money, then tries to drive her mad in order to get his hands on it.