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 ?
There is something I must tell somebody, or I think it will drive me mad.
Chattering young things about me, with nothing but foam and spume in their heads, on their tongues, would drive me mad.
I love my husband with all my heart; but I cannot live with him on these terms: the misery of it would drive me mad.
There was another half-hour to wait, another half-hour of a nightmare, which might drive me mad.
Then let me add, that I cannot live without you, and if you answer No to this last question, you will drive me mad.
There was a mocking smile on the bloated face which seemed to drive me mad.
I do not know why I tell you this - you, a stranger - but if I do not tell some one, I think that the memory of it will drive me mad.
For Heaven's sake," screamed Owen Warland, springing up with wonderful energy, "as you would not drive me mad, do not touch it
Another hour of this dreadful, silent city would drive me mad.