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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

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
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cried Sikes, seizing her roughly by the arm, 'If I don't think the gal's stark raving mad.
There were some in tears; some raging and tearing themselves, as if they had been in the greatest agonies of sorrow; some stark raving and downright lunatic; some ran about the ship stamping with their feet, others wringing their hands; some were dancing, some singing, some laughing, more crying, many quite dumb, not able to speak a word; others sick and vomiting; several swooning and ready to faint; and a few were crossing themselves and giving God thanks.
Dreams can come true and playing for England has been exactly that Wayne Rooney announces his retirement from international football on Twitter I don't like trains - I like railways Geoff Marshall insists he's not a train spotter after visiting all 2,653 stations in Britain with girlfriend Vicki Pipe The sound of bat on ball is intrusive and shocking, it makes you jump A neighbour objects to planning permission for a practise area at 151-year-old Darlington cricket club Bonkers, stark raving bonkers A beer drinker finds news that a London bar is selling pints for PS13.
It's really hard" Actress Nicole Kidman "Labour, urged on by hundreds of thousands of new crackpot-socialist recruits, has gone stark raving bonkers" Commentator Matthew Parris, a former Tory MP "I am aware of the partying that's going on.
The game has gone stark raving bonkers, in my opinion.
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Hours later in Maryland, Cruz gave his response: "Let me ask you, have we gone stark raving nuts?
Cllr Foulkes added: "If you are a regular user of the tunnels and do not have a Fast Tag, you must be stark raving bonkers.
Or perhaps, just perhaps, I have already gone stark raving mad.
However mad life gets, and it will seem pretty stark raving bonkers in the Far East, the Real Madrid Galactico realises he is employed in a fickle old industry.
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John Doe in Seven "METHODICAL, exacting and worst of all, patient," is how Morgan Freeman's world-weary detective describes Kevin Spacey's otherwise stark raving serial killer in Seven.