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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The dirty-minded duo are driving us to distraction.
Come November and Jingle Bells is driving us to distraction.
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.
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