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
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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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

lose your ˈmind

become mentally ill
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If he hadn't lost his mind he wasn't muck short of it.
A buzz of astonishment rose on all sides, and people were heard to intimate that the overworked lawyer had lost his mind. Even the veteran judge, accustomed as he was to legal ambushes and masked batteries in criminal procedure, was not sure that his ears were not deceiving him, and asked counsel what it was he had said.
The pupils won- dered if this foolhardy boy had lost his mind. The master said:
Socrates raised the question, should one return the sword one has taken on loan from someone else even when the latter has lost his mind. Here one has to apply one's own judgment.
Nawaz Sharif has lost his mind after the disqualification due to which he has started movement against the judiciary.
[United States], January 4 ( ANI ): United States President Donald Trump has criticised his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, saying that the latter not only lost his job, he lost his mind too after being fired from the White House.
He hit out: "When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind."
NOVAK DJOKOVIC told an umpire he had "lost his mind" after being slapped with a code violation for feigning to hit a ball at him.
The murdered girl's mother said her son lost his mind because of taunts about his sister's frank and often risque online posts.
While talking to media men here in Lahore Punjab Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah say that former dictator lost his mind and has started criticizing against his own friends and aids.
If I put an African-American actor in there, people'd go: "This guy's lost his mind".' Spike Lee, who is filming Miracle at St Anna about an all-black American division in the Italian campaign, responded: Tm a student of history.
But he told the jury he had lost his mind during a panic attack, had not intended to hit him and was not aware that a collision had occurred.
I was reformed, and he just lost his mind. I was going to call this the "Enjoi Smoking Tour" but didn't want to send the wrong message, especially given how oddly impressionable the kids I see at the skatepark are.
"He's lost his mind, `flipped out.' He's out here comparing math to the civil rights movement." But soon Dennis realized that his old colleague was on to something.
At the time, a lot of folks thought he had lost his mind. For a while, Jackson thought so, too.