drive (one) mad

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drive (one) mad

1. To cause one to become unhinged, insane, or mentally unstable. Trying to deal with the complaints and requests of so many different people and departments is enough to drive a person mad! You kids are going to drive me mad one of these days with all your arguing.
2. To make one very angry, irritated, or vexed. OK, it was funny at first, but now your jokes are just driving me mad! I know it drove her mad to see the company she'd spent her life building be dismantled the incompetent new CEO.
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drive (someone) mad

1. To upset, irritate, or annoy someone to the point of distraction. It drives me mad seeing all these people just staring at their phones all day long. Would you stop shouting, you're driving me mad!
2. To cause someone to become unhinged, insane, or mentally unstable. All that pressure finally drove Steve mad in the end. You kids are going to drive me mad one of these days with all your arguing.
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The whole Charity School, just opposite, would be in motion; all the new booths, with their not very courtier-like swarm of seamen, would join them out of curiosity, and would greet him with a wild "hurrah!" while he was standing in his pillory: there would be a mob, a hissing, and rejoicing, and jeering, ten times worse than in the rows about the Jews some years ago--"Oh, my blood is mounting to my brain; 'tis enough to drive one mad! I shall go wild!
"No, no; not when I am a witness of things that are enough to drive one mad."
WHEN I listen to Classic FM there's an oft-repeated fuel ad which could drive one mad if it weren't for its slick opening line: "In life there are clever choices, and not-so-clever choices." It then goes on to offer up some weird and wonderful notso-clever examples, like taking a hurried shortcut across a field where there's a bull.
A walk down Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue to Jahangir Gate, beginning at the Shahbagh intersection which has been declared a noise-free zone by the police, will drive one mad.
`Then came this terrible war: enough to drive one mad.'