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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.
See also: and, rant, rave

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.
See also: mad, raving, stark

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.
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.
filed a bill in the last Congress called the RAVE Act (it stands for Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy), which would hold property owners and promoters liable for drug use on their premises.
Wary Ecstasy users ca n buy test kits or have pills analyzed by organizations such as DanceSafe, which sets up booths at raves and nightclubs.
However, some young people in the audience said they viewed the presentation as anti-rave propaganda, and claimed that the drugs used at rave parties - such as ecstasy, methamphetamine and nitrous oxide - can be used safely.
basements and warehouses in the late 1980s, rave culture has consistently preached peace, love, unity, and respect.
government is prosecuting a rave promoter and a concert hall manager under a federal law aimed at shutting down crack houses.
Drugs greatly enhance the whole experience,'' said Deputy Terry Spindler, who has been working on rave crackdowns.
Raves have become an international phenomenon, sweeping through countries such as Canada, England and France, officials said.
Readers Raves is WIRED's readers' annual choice poll to choose the best in the technology industry -- the people, products, and websites igniting the world.
Forest officials also acknowledged they underestimated how many people would attend - at least 7,000 - and did not assign enough rangers to monitor the rave, held at the 58-acre Snowcrest ski resort Saturday night.
Messiah has been playing before crowds of more than 20,000 at raves in England.
Comedian Dave Spade of NBC's hit show "Just Shoot Me" will host WIRED magazine's 3rd annual Reader's Raves awards on Thursday, October 12 in San Francisco at the Regency Theatre.
In a related move, Ahearn appointed Dave Raves as vice president of Engineering for the Company's Systems Division, replacing Bruce Smith who resigned last week.