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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He will drive you to distraction but, if you can ignore his demands, he will get the message eventually.
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Driving wooden tent pins can drive you to distraction. With time and use, wooden pins fall apart: Wood rots.
That's particularly true of romantic dalliances: to truly appreciate perfection, first you must recognise the qualities that will drive you to distraction.
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That's particularly true of romantic dalliances: to truly appreciate perfection, first you must recognise the qualities that will drive you to distraction. Everybody wants the fairytale ending but to find a prince or princess, you have to kiss a lot of frogs so prepare to pucker up.
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MY first reaction on hearing that Alan Irvine was coming back to Goodison as first team coach was "not a bloody winger!" Like all wingers, Alan could drive you to distraction. But he was one of that rare breed of wingers in the modern age who could go past players not through pace, but with pure skill.
Rather than let them drive you to distraction, turn them into gardeners' gold - leaf mould.
You can appear totally disinterested in someone while your heart is beating out of your chest as a potential mate's sexy pheromones drive you to distraction!
The stick-on dragon pattern may not drive you to distraction, what certainly will are what Kia calls "moodreflecting LED lights within the front door speakers".