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rant and rave (about someone or something)

to shout angrily and wildly about someone or something. Barbara rants and raves when her children don't obey her. Bob rants and raves about anything that displeases him.
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rave about someone or something

1. to rage in anger about someone or something. Gale was raving about Sarah and what she did. Sarah raved and raved about Gale's insufferable rudeness.
2. to sing the praises of someone or something. Even the harshest critic raved about Larry's stage success. Everyone was raving about your excellent performance.
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rave over someone or something

to recite praises for someone or something. The students were just raving over the new professor. Donald raved over the cake I baked. But he'll eat anything.
See also: over, rave

stark raving mad

Cliché totally insane; completely crazy; out of control. (Often an exaggeration.) When she heard about what happened at the office, she went stark raving mad. You must be start raving mad if you think I would trust you with my car!
See also: mad, raving, stark

rant and rave

Talk loudly and vehemently, especially in anger, as in There you go again, ranting and raving about the neighbor's car in your driveway. This idiom is a redundancy, since rant and rave mean just about the same thing, but probably survives on account of its alliterative appeal.
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stark raving mad

Totally crazy, as in The constant uncertainty over his job is making him stark raving mad. This term, meaning "completely wildly insane," is used both hyperbolically and literally. Versions of this expression appear to have sprung from the minds of great literary figures. Stark mad was first recorded by poet John Skelton in 1489; stark raving was first recorded by playwright John Beaumont in 1648; stark staring mad was first used by John Dryden in 1693. The current wording, stark raving mad, first appeared in Henry Fielding's The Intriguing Chambermaid in 1734.
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ˌrant and ˈrave

(disapproving) show that you are angry by shouting or complaining loudly for a long time: He stood there for about twenty minutes ranting and raving about the colour of the new paint.
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rave about

or rave over
To speak or write about something or someone with wild enthusiasm: The dinner guests raved about the roasted duck. The critic raved over the new movie.
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n. a party; a wild celebration. Let’s have a little rave next Friday.
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But in popular imagination, trance equals rave equals drugs.
The farthest I've travelled for a trance is to South Africa and but I have been to raves all over Wales.
On the plus side, fewer dealers at raves should lead to less Ecstasy consumption among casual users.
Los Angeles rave promoter Joey Luu of AMP Media said one effect of the law could be to weed out unscrupulous rave promoters who sell drugs at their events.
An estimated 10,000 ravers contacted their representatives and senators, and one group held a rave on the lawn of the Capitol.
For example, sometimes people would come to the raves because the bars were closed and they still wanted to 'party', not because they had any interest in (or respect for the norms of) the rave community.
As word-of-mouth, ad hoc "illegal" dance parties, raves quickly came to be associated with the thrill of eluding police in an effort to find places where large numbers of youth could dance through the night in arcane social locations such as garages, factories, deserted warehouses and open fields (Fritz, 1999).
police officer Ted Dau described the health hazards of using drugs and the prevalence of opportunistic pedophiles at rave parties.
While some raves are illegal, many are fully licensed events in warehouses, clubs, stadiums, or outdoor locations.
The connection is usually made indirectly, by way of other drugs whose effects are quite different but which are also popular at raves and dance clubs.
Everything we do is to make sure kids reach 18 alive, healthy and without a criminal record,'' he said Wednesday at a news conference in which station personnel also highlighted the dangers of teen rave parties.
Holding club owners and promoters of raves criminally liable for what some people may do at these events is no different from arresting the stadium owners and promoters of a Rolling Stones concert or a rap show because some concert goers maybe smoking or selling marijuana," says Graham Boyd, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Drug Policy Litigation Project.
Before entering raves, partygoers hide their drugs in their shoes, sleeves, socks, mouth or hair to get past security, police said.
Thomas Porteous ruled that the government cannot ban rave party accessories such as glow sticks, pacifiers, and surgical masks.
NEW YORK -- RAVE SQ, a new upscale South Asian lifestyle, culture and arts magazine, is scheduled to launch in the U.