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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BY DAVE ARMITAGE WOLVES manager Nuno Espirito Santo admits his new hobby is driving him to distraction.
According to a six-page lawsuit filed by Tarantino in Los Angeles County Superior Court, his neighbours have installed an "exotic bird menagerie" which has been driving him to distraction for more than a year.
London, Mar 12 (ANI): Director Quentin Tarantino is suing his neighbour and fellow film director Alan Ball over the latter's loud macaws, which the former said have been driving him to distraction.
Royals manager Chris Keogh admits the Southern League Division One West club's defensive frailties are driving him to distraction but Male would add a quality presence.
As the noose tightens around a junior writer whose latest samizdat mysteriously appears on Makartsev's desk, driving him to distraction while contributing to the distressing turn of affairs at the paper, Druzhnikov's clowns, rogues, vamps, and ingenues play an antic round of confidence, self-deception, and betrayal to a rhythm as scathingly funny as it is unrelentingly deadly.
However, having failed in his bids to land the likes of Robbie Keane, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Tore Andre Flo, he goes into his first home game still without a new partner for striker Kevin Phillips, a fact which he admits is driving him to distraction.