With great intensity or speed. Ugh, these mosquito bites are itching like crazy! Now that there's the threat of a snowstorm, shoppers have been buying shovels and salt like crazy.
With great intensity or speed. These mosquito bites are itching like mad! Now that there's the threat of a snowstorm, shoppers have been buying shovels and salt like mad.
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like crazyand like mad
Fig. furiously; very much, fast, many, or actively. People are coming in here like crazy. There isn't enough room for them all. We sold ice cream like crazy. It was a very hot day.
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Also, like mad; like nobody's business. With exceeding enthusiasm or speed, without restraint. For example, We shopped like crazy and bought all our furniture in one day, or Once he's out of the town limits he drives like mad, or The choir sang the Hallelujah Chorus like nobody's business. The first terms employ crazy and mad in the sense of "lunatic" as a hyperbole for lack of restraint; the third implies that no business could be conducted in such an extraordinary fashion. The first and third date from the 1920s, the second from the mid-1600s.
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like ˈcrazy/ˈmad(informal) very fast, hard, etc: running/working like crazy
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like crazyand like mad
mod. furiously; very much, fast, many, or actively. Look at those people on the bank. They’re catching fish like mad! I’m running like mad and still can’t catch up.
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To an exceeding degree: They were running around like crazy.
1. Wildly; impetuously: drove like mad.
2. To an intense degree or great extent: worked like mad; snowing like mad.
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