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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

be stark raving mad

  (British, American & Australian) also be stark staring mad (British)
to be completely crazy She looked at me as though she thought I was stark raving mad.
See also: mad, raving, stark

stark naked

completely naked He walked into the room stark naked.
See also: naked, 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.
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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?
Fortunately, however, some suggestions in prior research were addressed (Atwater & Smith, 1982; Ellis, 1993: Harris, 2001; Kranz & Lund, 1998: Lund, Kranz, & Porter, 1998; 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.
The downside, however, is that Starker gives up something in warmth and humanity--sensitivity, if you will.
Four years ago, when the economy was strong, the country wasn't at war, and both presidential candidates ran as moderates, just 43 percent of adults told an early April Gallup poll that they had been thinking about the election "quite a lot" This April, when the issues seem much bigger and the differences between the candidates much starker, Gallup found that 61 percent of adults said they had been giving "quite a lot" of thought to the election.
Dr Reid said: "We have already made a lot of progress with the new starker warnings on packs but we need to continue with fresh, hard-hitting ideas, providing more information that will help smokers quit.
announced today that it has agreed to acquire the remaining 51-percent interest in its German joint venture, Zeuna Starker GmbH & Co.
Reverse-Starker exchanges are exchanges in which replacement property is acquired before the relinquished property is transferred; see Starker, 602 F2d 1341 (1979).
I fear the day when what the public reads is controlled by a few power centers," Domnitz has said - there is a starker economic self-interest motivating the booksellers.
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.
WESTERN hypocrisy and duplicity in the Middle East couldn't be starker.
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.