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be stark raving mad

To be totally crazy. Don't listen to a word he says, he's stark raving mad! You're stark raving mad if you think that plan will work.
See also: mad, raving, stark

stark naked

Completely naked. I keep having the dream where I walk into my classroom and realize I've forgotten my homework—and that I'm stark naked! We've all come into this world the hard way—stark naked and screaming!
See also: naked, stark

(stark) raving bonkers

Totally crazy or eccentric; filled with an excessive amount of emotion, especially anger or excitement. I know you'll probably think me raving bonkers, but I sold all my possessions and am moving to a small village in China. The announcement drove fans stark raving bonkers, as it will be the first new album the band has released in over 10 years. The boss is stark raving mad after I bungled the expense reports.
See also: bonkers, raving

(stark) raving mad

Totally crazy or eccentric; filled with an excessive amount of emotion, especially anger or excitement. I know you'll probably think I'm raving mad, but I sold all my possessions and am moving to a small village in China. The announcement drove fans stark raving mad, as it will be the first new album the band has released in over 10 years. The boss is stark raving bonkers after I bungled the expense reports.
See also: mad, raving

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

stark ˈnaked

(British English) (American English buck ˈnaked) completely naked: He always walks around his apartment buck naked.
See also: naked, stark
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And reading through the new report, I'm left wondering: What if Starker had been tasked with providing a plan for comprehensive park system management?
It is clear that she spent many hours interviewing Starker himself as well as his friends colleagues and students and these primary sources provide sparkling anecdotes and reminiscences.
Among them are use of non-traditional formats such as discussion, out of class experiences (Harris, 2001; Kranz & Lund, 1998; Lund, Kranz, & Porter, 1998), and bibliotherapy (Atwater & Smith, 1982: Ellis, 1993: Santrock, Minnett, & Campbell, 1994; Smith & Burkhalter, 1987; Starker, 1988).
Zeuna Starker uses heat-proof, high-tensile super-refined steel plate materials in the production of exhaust components.
Waldman said he frequently acts as a qualified intermediary in Starker exchanges, and that his firm has been anticipating this decision for at least six months.
O'Neil finds a rich backdrop for life's starker passages, a place curiously conducive to allegory and ritual, where the passions and fantasies of humankind are enacted against a frigid and impassive Mother Nature.
Starker lined up a delayed swap involving timberland, Nelson said.
Reverse-Starker exchanges are exchanges in which replacement property is acquired before the relinquished property is transferred; see Starker, 602 F2d 1341 (1979).
Unlike some of Cunningham's shorter, starker works, Ocean is not pure rapture.
Additional support has been provided by the Collins Foundation, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Oregon Department of Transportation, Starker Forests, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Parks Foundation and more than 100 other individual and corporate donors.
It is why authorities like the Merseyside waste disposal authority (MWDA) are insisting on ever more stringent recycling targets, as they are faced with starker demands.
The difference is starker for people who are heavily mortgaged with a pounds 250,000 home loan, with today's rises adding between pounds 45.
The deferred exchange rules are a statutory codification of the rule established in Starker,(1) and apply to exchanges in which the taxpayer sells relinquished property and thereafter (or simultaneously therewith) acquires like-kind replacement property.