lose (one's) mind

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lose (one's) mind

1. To become insane or mentally unsound; to become extremely foolish or foolhardy. I'm going to lose my mind if I have to hear that song one more time! I think Jane's grandmother has lost her mind lately. You must have lost your mind if you think that's a good idea!
2. To become exasperated, typically due to attempting a difficult undertaking or dealing with a challenging situation. Often used in the continuous tense. I've been losing my mind trying to juggle work, night school, and the kids. Millie was losing her mind trying to prepare food and manage the front of the house, but thankfully she was able to hire someone to help.
See also: lose, mind

lose one's mind

Also, lose one's reason. Go crazy, lose one's sanity, as in I thought she'd lost her mind when she said she was going ice-fishing, or That assignment is enough to make me lose my reason. The first expression dates from the late 1500s; the second employs reason in the sense of "unimpaired mental faculties," a usage dating from the late 1300s. Also see under go out of one's mind; have all one's buttons.
See also: lose, mind

lose your ˈmind

become mentally ill
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How could these four US marine just lose their mind and go on killing innocent little children.
There are people in here that give up and commit suicide, others slowly lose their mind and end up being medicated," he wrote in one column.
Agwany begins the book with a short declaration to readers telling them that this story is about them, that they are the main character, and that they are going to lose their minds.
Alyoum newspaper said that the Saudi support for the Lebanese army made Hezbollah and its supporters lose their minds because it proved the impartiality of the kingdom.
IT is Christmas eve, and if you are one of the lucky ones you are well prepared, presents are wrapped and you're feeling pretty smug, watching friends colleagues and relatives lose their minds in blind panic trying to make sure they've got everything ready for the big day.
It is time we educated youngsters about the dangers of dope before more of them lose their minds to the drug.
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These parents are like Jekyll and Hyde: They lose their minds.
For starters, the council could limit cell-phone calls to two or three minutes per call so people don't lose their minds.
Perhaps the women of NOW have been so busy trying to keep their rights they've managed to lose their minds.
More King: King was the promoter of all three fighters who seemed to lose their minds in the ring - McCall, against Lewis; Tyson, against Holyfield; and Akinwande, against Lewis.