drive (one) to distraction

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drive (one) to distraction

1. To render one unable to focus; to distract one. Leave your sister alone—she's got to finish her homework, and you are driving her to distraction.
2. To annoy or frustrate one to the point of exasperation. A week on vacation with my relatives is enough to drive me to distraction. That loud beeping noise is driving me to distraction!
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drive someone to distraction

Fig. to confuse or perplex someone. Can't you see you're driving her to distraction? The problems I am having with my boss are driving me to distraction.
See also: distraction, drive

drive someone to distraction

If something or someone drives you to distraction, they annoy you very much. Nothing I said or did would get them to tidy up. It drove me to distraction. His obsessive attention to detail drove to distraction the artists and workers with whom he collaborated. Note: Distraction is an old word for madness.
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My only prediction for this year therefore - apart from England failing to achieve anything other than the complete contempt of the world - is that the saturation of repetitive advertising during and around each game will drive us to distraction.
Lost Tribes readers of a certain age inevitably begin to think back to those days when keeping warm had nothing to do with British Gas, nPower, Scottish Power or the myriad of companies whose sky-high prices now drive us to distraction.
Before she moved to a nursing home, my own mom would drive us to distraction with last-minute touches to her make-up.
He tends to want to listen to the Nolan Sisters round the clock which can drive us to distraction.
This particular session is a laughter-filled romp through some of our most difficult moments, as we truly get excited about not letting our "Warrens" drive us to distraction anymore.
They are supposed to be those extra days off that are meant to perk us up so why, asks Daniel Davies, do they drive us to distraction - and often into a traffic jam?