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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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Warwickshire captain Nick Knight enforced the follow-on after Surrey were dismissed for 331, a deficit of 206 and saw Pretorius and Dougie Brown reduce the hosts to 24 for three before Batty and Brown shared a stand of 200 for the fourth wicket.
But given his first lengthy bowl of the tour on the final day, Batty took his chance to claim 5-53 as the Carib XI, who resumed 167 runs adrift on 51-1, were dismissed for 229.
Batty, who was not represented, pleaded guilty to raciallyaggravated threatening behaviour at Kirklees Magistrates' Court in Huddersfield.
Batty said of his seventh Test appearance: "You stick the shirt on, it's an amazing feeling.
Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid seem to be ahead of him in the pecking order but there is a suggestion England may choose three spinners for the first Test in Chittagong, starting on October 20, which would pit Batty against Surrey team-mate Zafar Ansari.
Earlier, Batty had also played a prominent role with the bat as he and Ben Foakes made useful lowerorder runs to propel Surrey to maximum batting bonus points and then well beyond 400 after they had started day two on 371 for seven.
DeArmon Batty and his wife, Jacqueline, eventually became the sole owners of Basin Sports, buying both Searle's and Garth Batty's shares of the company.
Victorian coroner Ian Gray is going to examine if there could have been some ways to protect Batty.
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.
Anyone interested can contact Phil Batty on 01492 534263 or email phil.
All the different sections of the Mystic Carnivale are presented with strategic blank spaces for the reader to draw suggested creatures or props to complete Batty Malgoony's Mystic Carnivale.
BUY the performance of Surrey keeper-batsman Jon Batty at 33 with Sporting in the live Pro40 daynighter at Chelmsford.
VICE-CAPTAIN and former England spinner Gareth Batty has apologised to the club and supporters after falling off his moped when nearly three times over the drink-drive limit.