go mad

go mad

1. To become insane or mentally unstable. All this noise in the house, day in, day out—I feel like I'm going mad! She went mad at the sight of her child lying lifeless on the cot.
2. To do something excessive or without hesitation or restraint. I decided to go mad and buy both the dresses I liked. A: "Do you mind if I eat your leftover pizza?" B: "Sure, go mad."
3. To reach an extreme or excessive level or degree. The president's new cabinet is made up entirely of her old friends and former classmates—it's cronyism gone mad!
See also: mad
References in classic literature ?
He felt he would go mad unless he found someone to talk to; but Lawson was abroad; he went on to Hayward's rooms: the maid who opened the door told him that he had gone down to Brighton for the week-end.
He'll go mad fast enough with a bottle of brandy within reach, and you know it," Trent answered fiercely.
We can go mad with joy, as the people do out in the fields on a fine Whitsunday.
If not, let the lady Dulcinea look to it; if she does not answer reasonably, I swear as solemnly as I can that I will fetch a fair answer out of her stomach with kicks and cuffs; for why should it be borne that a knight-errant as famous as your worship should go mad without rhyme or reason for a -?
And he would take the rule, and re-measure, and find that he wanted half thirty-one and three-eighths inches from the corner, and would try to do it in his head, and go mad.
Don't ask me, Adam," Arthur said; "I feel sometimes as if I should go mad with thinking of her looks and what she said to me, and then, that I couldn't get a full pardon--that I couldn't save her from that wretched fate of being transported--that I can do nothing for her all those years; and she may die under it, and never know comfort any more.
For what seemed hours the eyes approached gradually closer and closer, until I felt that I should go mad for the horror of it.
This is how people go mad," he repeated, "and how they shoot themselves.
There were moments when I felt, not only that I would go mad, but that I had gone mad already; so that I dared not open my lips for fear of betraying myself by some insane shriek.
Flora closed her eyes saying to herself: "If I think too much about it I shall go mad.
And to the end of the day, Bob continued to be up to one trick or another; after passing a dozen automobiles on the way into Oakland, suddenly electing to go mad with fright at a most ordinary little runabout.
For 'Eving's sake don't get bit and go mad by any measly pi-dog.
It was the scream of the horse that did it, yet why did not John Harned go mad when the bull was killed?
But he was too simple to go mad, too simple with that manly simplicity which alone can bear men unscathed in mind and body through an encounter with the deadly playfulness of the sea or with its less abominable fury.
Whilst I live on here there is but one thing to hope for, that I may not go mad, if, indeed, I be not mad already.