drive (one) to despair

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drive (one) to despair

To cause one to experience sadness, hopelessness, and/or frustration. I'm not surprised that his wife's death has driven him to despair—grief has that effect on people. Try not to let this rejection drive you to despair.
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drive someone to despair

Fig. to depress someone; to frustrate someone. Sometimes raising an infant drives me to despair! The recent problems drove her to despair.
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If their tales of economic miseryare not enough to drive one to despair, the way they express themselves will send you into the pit of despond.
Given the fairly obvious intent of the "value concepts," thinking about the neutrality or inverses of the last columns can drive one to despair or at least a drink.