drive (one) to distraction

(redirected from driving us to distraction)

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

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, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
The dirty-minded duo are driving us to distraction. They think all this nudge-nudge, wink-wink, oo-er missus crap is funny.
A radiographer told how she had to run between different X-ray rooms seeing patients because nine staff had left this year There was also concern about the trust's sickness policy and the meeting was told it was "driving us to distraction".
We don't know about you, but all this faffing around trying to find teeny tiny bottles of our favourite cosmetics for flights abroad is driving us to distraction!
Come November and Jingle Bells is driving us to distraction. Or it would be if it hadn't been overtaken by the number one irritant of the month - tourists.
However, the rest of the world seems intent on driving us to distraction with their fixation that all babies should arrive at week 40 of pregnancy.
Green Flag spokesman Nigel Charlesworth said: "With around two-thirds of the population owning a mobile, and most households having access to at least one car, there's an increased risk of mobile phones driving us to distraction."
Full browser ?