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!
See also: distraction, drive

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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For new drivers, it could be motorway driving, older drivers may feel they lack confidence overtaking and young mums may worry their kids are driving them to distraction.
WET Wet Wet are to perform record-breaking hit Love Is All Around on TV for the first time in a decade - after avoiding it for years because it was driving them to distraction.
This survey shows how intolerant we are as a nation, and how even the smallest of things annoy us - especially when, for many, their annoyances are driving them to distraction," the Telegraph quoted Samantha Glassford, brand manager for Lactofree, as saying.
But neighbours complained that the constant high-pitched whirring of the blades was driving them to distraction.
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