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go stir-crazy

To become acutely anxious, restless, irritable, irrational, and/or depressed from remaining for too long in an unstimulating, confined, and/or isolated environment. "Stir" in this usage is a slang word for prison. We thought taking our family vacation in a tiny cottage out in the country would be a nice break from city life, but we all went a bit stir-crazy after a few days. The doctor said I need to remain in bed as much as possible, but I'll go stir-crazy if I can't get out of the house at least once a day!
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He added: "I just feel like I'm stuck in the house 24/7 but now I realise what going stir-crazy is.
"I am going stir-crazy because I am stuck in the house unable to get the car out of the drive.
The disgraced US movie star and American Football hero has turned to TV cop dramas and novels to stop going stir-crazy in solitary.
At work, to avoid going stir-crazy, Zohar and Daffi routinely compete in a video game called "Minesweeper.'' But at the outset of our story, this ritual has been interrupted by the arrival of a new soldier, Tehila (Yonit Toby).
He went into the 2006 World Cup half-fit after breaking his metatarsal, and in 2010 he suffered more than most going stir-crazy in Fabio Capello's five-star stalag in South Africa.
We're fully immersed in this remote island community, with its odd noises and odd people who, we gradually come to realise, wear earplugs to give them some respite from an ever-present sound that most have learned to live with, although sometimes they're on the brink of going stir-crazy and have to be calmed down.
Dave Owens spoke to the group's American star David Miller about coping with life on the road and taking their brand of operatic pop to the next level HE might not confess to going stir-crazy but there's a palpable sense of cabin fever when I speak to David Miller.
And, like every Big Brother house, even the one truly respectable occupant (wondering how he got into this mess) ends up contracting an extreme bout of cabin fever and acts completely out of character - see normally level-headed left-back Patrice Evra going stir-crazy at the team's fitness coach.
The Wolverhampton hard case is already being tipped to follow stablemate Young Mutley and lift the British title but this time last year he was going stir-crazy.
'I train intensely twice a day for two hours so my release isn't going stir-crazy in the house watching TV, as that doesn't benefit anyone, it's going down my dad's gym.
"But these boys had been going stir-crazy and came up with some daredevil plan to escape.
For most of its mammoth three-and-a-quarter hour run, I admit I was utterly absorbed in the Second World War-set tale about a group of airmen going stir-crazy on a US air base with no apparent escape from the escalating number of life-or-death missions they must fly.
She has been going stir-crazy tucked up at home and, with the permission of her medical team, was told she could fly.