go stir-crazy

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go stir-crazy

To become acutely anxious, restless, irritable, irrational, and/or depressed from remaining for too long in an unstimulating, confined, and/or isolated environment. "Stir" in this usage is a slang word for prison. 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 stir-crazy after a few days. The doctor said I need to remain in bed as much as possible, but I'll go stir-crazy if I can't get out of the house at least once a day!
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I'd go stir-crazy if I had to stay on a train for seven days without getting off, but we were getting off all the time.
Why do people go stir-crazy when they haven't exercised enough, or when they are not feeding themselves with the right nutrients at the right time?
A dog used to seeing the action might go stir-crazy in a pit because he cannot see the ducks approach or fall from the sky.
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You can go stir-crazy as well when you are away, and the boys were ready to leave by the end, ten days was enough.
But it is unrealistic, and counter-productive, for players to go stir-crazy in their hotel rooms.
Overall: Even if you go stir-crazy, you'll do so comfortably.
You can almost go stir-crazy in a studio apartment where you eat, sleep and watch TV in the same room, so the most important thing is to make it well-arranged by leaving it completely open or dividing it into areas of activity with screens or large pieces of furniture that serve as dividers,'' Leonard advises.
It's been ideal preparation for the tour - it's nice to get outside and bowl again because you can go stir-crazy when you're stuck indoors all winter.