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drive (one) batty

To annoy or frustrate one to the point of exasperation. A week on vacation with my relatives is enough to drive me batty. That loud beeping noise is driving me batty!
See also: batty, drive

drive someone batty

 and drive someone bonkers; drive someone nuts
Fig. to annoy or irritate someone. You are certainly annoying! You're going to drive me batty. This cold is driving me bonkers. These tax forms are driving me nuts.
See also: batty, drive


1. and batty mod. crazy. You are driving me batty! You are bats if you think I would ever wear a haircut like that.
2. and batty mod. alcohol intoxicated; confused and drunk. The guy was bats—stewed to his ears. He was a bit batty, but he’d been drinking since noon, so no one was surprised.
3. and the bats n. the delirium tremens. (Always with the.) My buddy is shaking because of a slight case of the bats.


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Batty, of Milford Lane, Thorverton, Devon, admitted three counts of sexual assault of a child and five counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity at Teesside Crown Court.
The court heard Batty stays in his girlfriend's house three nights per week and cannot stay there more to avoid benefit fraud.
This evening, members of the public, who have registered, will have the opportunity to hear from Ms Batty, Ms McGurk and Elizabeth Proust AO - a distinguished leader in government, community organisations and business - at the 'Reflections on leadership in public life' event at Perth Arena.
Batty showed the film for one night only at the 14th Dubai International Film Festival.
Batty said of his seventh Test appearance: "You stick the shirt on, it's an amazing feeling.
Batty marked his comeback by snaring Tamim Iqbal, whose innings of 78 was ended by one that went on with the arm and a bottom edge was snaffled by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.
Batty's age has proved no barrier, though, after a fine season during which he took 41 wickets in Specsavers County Championship matches, while he also skippered his county to the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Batty then pinned Stoneman lbw as he prodded half-forward before Burnham and Borthwick saw Durham safely to the close with an unbroken stand of 38.
When Batty's son, DeArmon, graduated from Brigham Young University in 1973, he decided to join the family business.
Victorian coroner Ian Gray is going to examine if there could have been some ways to protect Batty. He will also find out if Batty's mother Rosie as well as the Department of Human Services officers should have responded to the situation differently.
Sharon Batty, who had no previous convictions, told police she was scared of her son and that the people who brought the drugs to her house on St Patricks Close, Widnes, threatened her.
Batty squares up world No 4 Natasha Jonas in the semi-finals of the women's ABA championships at 60kgs and knows beating her will send out a message to the England selectors.
Phil Batty is the Abergele Road theatre's manager and was looking forward to the event.