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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Some of them get elected and restore our faith in human kind, but there are others who drive us to despair.
However, we cannot--I repeat, cannot--allow the challenges we face to drive us to despair. We are part of an organization that has faced equal and greater challenges over the past 238 years.
Though there are flashes of horror, most descriptions are carefully general: "Sly and gross in turn, the anti-Semitic propaganda campaigns, calculated to drive us to despair, were so incessant, so repetitious, so all-embracing that it was nearly impossible to escape them." Many key moments have escaped his memory entirely, from what he did in the evening after seeing the devastation of Kristallnacht to how be felt the day in April 1938 when he was forced to leave school.