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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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In addition to these points of distraction, Wardle was intrusted with two small letters to two small young ladies who were to act as bridesmaids; upon the receipt of which, the two young ladies were driven to despair by having no 'things' ready for so important an occasion, and no time to make them in--a circumstance which appeared to afford the two worthy papas of the two small young ladies rather a feeling of satisfaction than otherwise.
I was fairly driven to despair; nothing but the utter ruin of my 'face divine', as the poets call it, would, I perceived, satisfy the inexorable Mehevi and his chiefs, or rather, that infernal Karky, for he was at the bottom of it all.
To these causes of public distress and apprehension, must be added, the multitude of outlaws, who, driven to despair by the oppression of the feudal nobility, and the severe exercise of the forest laws, banded together in large gangs, and, keeping possession of the forests and the wastes, set at defiance the justice and magistracy of the country.
According to Yang, Hong Kongers are being driven to despair and have never been so desperate, while Taiwanese politicians remain unable to take the proper action.
She also comes to blows with American recruit Halloran, who's been driven to despair in the camp, unable to leave yet deemed unfit to fight.
DRIVEN TO DESPAIR Gordon and Fred on road trip with Gino
Like many in the party, Frances Weetman has been driven to despair by the anti-Semitism row and the suspicion that many in the party - perhaps including Jeremy Corbyn - simply do not get what all the fuss is about.
People have been driven to despair, attempted suicide and been found dead waiting for their rejected appeals to be overturned after the initial, almost mandatory, refusal.
A BIRMINGHAM man was driven to despair - when he was locked inside one of Birmingham's best-known car dealerships when it closed for the night.
New research from the Royal College of Nursing shows they are being driven to despair by NHS cuts and staff shortages.
Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., tried to reassure those driven to despair by Trump's election the city will remain a sanctuary city that protects undocumented immigrants despite threats to cut off federal funds.
Driven to despair: Steve | Scott and the van parked near his home which the council say is 'a stand for advertising'
Alan Bleasdale's 1982 series so vividly captured the mood of the nation, driven to despair by rising unemployment.
They also emphasized that the film does not intend to make a screen hero out of the legend that Manto already was and is, by over-dramatizing or blowing his persona up to a larger than life idea, but it is an attempt to tell the story of a man driven to despair when he is denied his true passion and the moral choices of individuals around him that jeopardize bonds of blood and love.
However, they are not yet defeated and not driven to despair, which is why the war on Syria will continue until the Americans and those on their side believe in solutions," al-Moallem said.