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.
See also: despair, drive, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The apprehension of ruining me hath driven him to despair." "I am very glad," says Honour, "to hear your la'ship takes that into your consideration; for to be sure, it must be nothing less than ruin to give your mind to one that is turned out of doors, and is not worth a farthing in the world." "Turned out of doors!" cries Sophia hastily: "how!
For the paint splattered on a road near his Handsworth home has driven him to despair.
Johnstone claimed at the time that the break-up of his marriage had driven him to despair and caused him to feel "very guilty".
The angry pensioner sprang into action after 18 months of pestering had driven him to despair.
He's been the victim of the knock-on effect of `Tigermania' in America where the screaming, ill-mannered fans have driven him to despair. Now he's desperate for a touch of `Montymania' from the normally reserved Scottish supporters to inspire him.