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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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Once you've started down properly, unhinge your right wrist vigorously to whack your ball.
Then, standing itself upright, Pathfinder will unhinge its side panels, allowing the first light of a Martian dawn to activate its solar arrays.
Yet we see the media hailing it as the key to No 10 when the reality is honours-for-cash has done more to unhinge Blair than a Budget that does absolutely nothing for the sick and very little for the poor.
But how fear can unhinge such a brilliant mind to the point of moral imbecility is truly incomprehensible.
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.