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drive (one) batty

To annoy or frustrate one. 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 won 42 caps for England and played 112(2) times for Newcastle United, scoring four goals.
I made the change to Mountain America because I loved their rates-and still do," states Batty.
Batty, 21, of Staveley Road, Sunderland, admitted dangerous driving which carries only a maximum sentence of two years.
Another move would take Batty to his fourth county as he has also previously been with Yorkshire and Surrey.
While it is easy to get sucked into the downcast mood at New Road, Batty is remaining upbeat and is trying to take the positives out of Jones' current predicament.
Batty is considered more of a four-day batsman than limit edovers specialist - his first-class average is 33.
With such an inexperienced side at his disposal and with five wickets already down, stand-in skipper Batty always knew it would be a tall order depriving Sussex of the victory they needed to claim a third County Championship crown in five years.
Batty, dressed in casual jacket, jeans and trainers, looks incredibly relaxed.
Appearing in just his fifth Test after Ashley Giles failed a fitness test, Batty struck in the final over before lunch.
According to CP, Batty said the test will involve four Focus FCVs, with at least one being tested by the City of Vancouver.
Fans have launched a season-long campaign to bring Batty in from the cold.
Batty, to help new and existing companies leverage their intellectual assets and marketing expenses to improve the overall value and position of the organization.
Bud went batty,'' one official said, speaking on the condition he not be identified.
Geographer Michael Batty of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London first became aware of fractal geometry more than a decade ago.
Batty Moves ("batty" is Jamaican slang for buttocks) opened the second half of the program.