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drive (one) insane

To cause one to feel increasingly annoyed or frustrated. Oh, the kids were driving me insane, that's why I made them go outside and play!
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drive someone crazy

 and drive someone insane; drive someone mad 
1. . Lit. to force someone into a state of insanity or mental instability. The sound of the wind howling drove me crazy. The dog's constant barking drove me insane.
2. Fig. to annoy or irritate someone. This itch is driving me crazy. All these telephone calls are driving me mad.
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drive somebody inˈsane

make somebody more and more angry or irritated, especially over a long period of time: This job is driving me insane.
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It lets boardrooms hide from the profound challenge of making insanely great stuff in the first place.
But Guys and Balls is so insanely predictable-and its gay sensibility is such a throwback to at least 20 years ago--that it's mostly a cringe-worthy experience.
That populism and elitism are not mutually exclusive was demonstrated in an exemplary manner by Fortuyn, who was not only openly gay but also insanely posh, a member of the privileged class.
If you want to learn more about computer history, don't miss Andy Hertzfeld's excellent Revolution In The Valley: The Insanely Great Story Of How The Mac Was Made (0596007191, $24.
Thanks for your note, but it made me insanely jealous.
Through the '70s and the "80s the "order" reflected in his insanely elaborated conspiracy theories won Thornley's heart away from the chaos of Eris, and also lost him most of his old friends.
With that in mind, we take you to Hokkaido for some gorgeous scenery and a gung-ho adventurer; to Seoul for that nation's biggest and most advanced IT exhibition ever; and, somewhat insanely, down to Kyoto, the only place hotter than Tokyo in July, to meet some very special cabbies.
Before y'all go insanely ga-ga over this Harry Potter stuff, will any of you stop to consider that all the hype is just brilliant marketing of a seriously flawed children's story?
The Enduro is an insanely durable cordura bag meant to be strapped to the gas tank of a dirt bike for easy access to the implements of motorcycle maintenance (Zen not included).
I find the music industry's high moral posturing and lofty rhetoric about intellectual property disingenuous: they're much more interested in preserving their control of the distribution of music, as well as the insanely high price of CDs.
In this case, the killer saw the size of the bug's [phallus] and became insanely jealous.
INFINITE LOOP How Apple, the World's Most Insanely Great Computer Company, went Insane by Michael S.
Leslie speculates that the more tangible causes of Dickson's death were, first, anxiety over the folly of her married younger son, who had attempted to kidnap his fourteen-year-old stepsister, with whom he had fallen insanely in love; second, aggravation caused by a twenty-four-hour delay in the passage of her and Toomer's Pullman car in Columbia, South Carolina; and, third, the worsening racial climate of the time.
He is insanely jealous of Carmen, who is unfaithful to him, and when she refuses to change on his behalf, he kills her and surrenders himself to the authorities.
By continually adding epicycles, the Ptolemaic system was made to work; however, it had become insanely complex with dozens of epicycles for a single planet when Copernicus advanced his uncomplicated theory of heliocentricity in 1530.