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come unhinged

1. To become mentally unbalanced, disturbed, or confused. After my friend's suicide, I came a little unhinged for a few months. Because I'd stayed up all night to finish my paper, I was worried I might come unhinged in class.
2. To be angered to such a degree as to be or seem mentally unbalanced or insane. Mom came totally unhinged when she saw what I did to the car.
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But how fear can unhinge such a brilliant mind to the point of moral imbecility is truly incomprehensible.
ARDS will measure the gap between First Division and Premier League football this evening when the north-Down club aims to unhinge Glentoran's hold on the County Antrim Shield.
Westwood, still fuming from Jeff Maggert's provocative remark that the US team boasts the 12 best players in the world, jumped at the chance to unhinge the red-hot favourites.
Hacking does not think that McDowell's use of 'putative reality' helps, because it leaves open the possibility that Costello's putative reality shows that she is unhinged, when in fact, as Hacking puts it, it is 'reality itself that unhinges her' (152-3).
Schizophrenia unhinges mental life with an array of tools that includes hallucinations and delusions, incoherent trains of thought, inappropriate or blunted emotions, and a deepseated sense of apathy.
The film's narrative unhinges in front of the camera, as all the characters walk onto an abandoned set and join hands in a long celebratory chain, every one of them connected: friends, enemies, passing acquaintances--figures large and small, having inhabited scene after scene or having appeared only for an instant--a moving frieze of players who made each other possible.
I've always suspected that one of the things that so unhinges Nader's corporate critics is how much closer his own life is to the rags-to-riches American archetype than are their own.