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go bonkers

1. To be or become wild, restless, irrational, or crazy; to act in such a way. The drivers in this country seem to go completely bonkers if there's even a little bit of snow on the ground. Don't give the kids too much sugar or they'll end up going bonkers! We thought taking our family vacation in a tiny cottage out in the country would be a nice break from city life, but we all went a bit bonkers after a few days.
2. To be or become very angry or upset. My parents went bonkers when they found out I'd taken the car without asking. Now, don't go bonkers or anything, but I've decided to move to Canada.
3. To be or become extremely excited or enthusiastic (about something). I've never understood that pop star's popularity, but kids just go bonkers for her music.
See also: bonkers

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

drive someone crazy

Also, drive someone mad or bananas or bonkers or nuts or up the wall ; drive someone to drink. Greatly exasperate someone, annoy to distraction. For example, His habitual lateness drives me crazy, or Apologizing over and over drives me bananas, or These slovenly workmen drive me up the wall, or Your nagging is driving me to drink. All of these hyperbolic expressions describe a person's extreme frustration, supposedly to the point of insanity ( crazy, mad, nuts, bonkers, and bananas all mean "insane"); up the wall alludes to climbing the walls to escape and to drink to imbibing alcohol to induce oblivion.
See also: crazy, drive

(stark) raving ˈmad/ˈbonkers

(informal) completely crazy; suddenly very angry with somebody: Are you stark raving mad, jumping off a moving train?When I told her I’d crashed her car, she went stark raving bonkers.
See also: bonkers, mad, raving


1. and crackers mod. insane; crazy. I think I am going crackers.
2. mod. slightly intoxicated. She’s too bonkers to drive.

drive someone bonkers

and drive someone nuts
tv. to drive someone crazy. (see also bonkers, nuts.) Shat up! You’re driving me bonkers. These tax forms are driving me nuts.
See also: bonkers, drive
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With typically wicked wit, the film mentions that Curt underwent early shock treatments ``to fry the fairy clean out of him,'' and that the net effect of this was ``to make him bonkers every time he heard an electric guitar.
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But when Sir Peter Hall's production premiered in Los Angeles in 1993, both critics and public went bonkers, as Scarfe's ferociously inventive sets and costumes - as colorful as a theme park on LSD - were singled out for praise.