stark raving mad

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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.
He won his second GRAMMY Award for his album Stark Raving Black and has published three bestselling books: Nothing's Sacred(Simon & Schuster, 2005), Me of Little Faith(Riverhead Books, 2008) and I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas(Riverhead Books, 2010).
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.
It wants to know that we humans really aren't this dreadful at fairness, that the rules we created aren't so inflexible that there isn't someone, somewhere with the power to stand up and say: "This is utterly, stark raving loony".
Then again we are informed some funding for the new bridge came from the Welsh Government and Europe, are we all stark raving mad?
7% Wines Stark Raving Diageo Chateau -- -- -- 23 -- & Estate Wines Carmenet Bronco Wine 8 13 15 23 53.
WHAT is it about Boxing Day that sends some people stark raving mad?
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.
And clearly the two who voted for Phil Neville and Iain Dowie are either stark raving loonies or have a pound placed at the bookies.
You'd have to be stark raving bonkers to touch him with a bargepole.
Before I go stark raving mad, I think I have a solution - we throw a parmo party for them.
In fact, it is stark raving bonkers - and never more so than in Sefton, where 500-plus council workers have lost their jobs, and the rest haven''t had a pay rise in three years.