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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Do not drive them to despair because that is precisely what happened in Africa,' the President told the gathering of the San Beda College of Law Alumni Association in Taguig City on Saturday.
The challenge is to give something to them that isn't condescending and that explores certain issues, but in a way that doesn't drive them to despair.