round the twist


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round the twist

Crazy; mentally unsound. Primarily heard in US. I think Jane's grandmother is a little round the twist these days. You must be going round the twist if you think that's a good idea!
See also: round, twist

round the twist

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you say that someone is round the twist, you mean that their ideas or behaviour are very strange or foolish. You would have to be really round the twist to get pleasure out of this. This man's round the twist. Note: You can say that someone goes round the twist if they start to behave in a crazy way, often because they are bored or annoyed by something. Most of them go round the twist in the end, you know. His predecessor killed himself. I'd go round the twist if I didn't work. Compare with round the bend.
See also: round, twist
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My missus hates football and I think the ongoing Rangers saga is driving her round the twist.
Mind you, having him around would make anyone go round the twist.
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However, these days both the adverts and the programmes would drive most of us, I imagine, right round the twist.
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