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like a man/woman possessed

With such fierce intensity, energy, or enthusiasm that it seems to be out of one's control. After a punishing first round, the underdog has come out in the second round like a woman possessed. Knowing that his in-laws would be arriving soon, Mike started cleaning the house like a man possessed.
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like someone possessed

With such fierce intensity, energy, or enthusiasm that it seems to be out of someone's control. After a punishing first round, the underdog boxer has come out fighting in the second round like someone possessed. Knowing that his in-laws would be arriving soon, Mike started cleaning the house like someone possessed.
See also: like, possessed, someone

like a person possessed

With such fierce intensity, energy, or enthusiasm that it seems to be out of someone's control. After a punishing first round, the underdog boxer has come out fighting in the second round like a person possessed. Knowing that his in-laws would be arriving soon, Mike started cleaning the house like a person possessed.
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What possessed (someone) to (do something)?

Why would someone do something so reckless, foolish, or dangerous? What possessed you to participate in a road race? You could have gotten yourself killed! What possessed them to discontinue such a popular product? They were selling like hotcakes!
See also: possessed, what

*possessed by something

obsessed or driven by something. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) Ned was possessed by a desire to become the best at everything he did. Jan acts as if she is possessed by the need to be right all the time.
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*possessed of something

having something; possessing something. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) She is possessed of a large amount of money. Todd wishes he were possessed of a large car and a fine house.
See also: of, possessed

possessed by

Driven by, obsessed with, as in He was possessed by the idea of becoming a millionaire. This idiom employs possess in the sense of "dominate one's thoughts or ideas," a usage dating from the late 1500s.
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like someone possessed

very violently or wildly, as if under the control of an evil spirit.
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like a man/woman posˈsessed

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like one posˈsessed

with a lot of force or energy: He flew out of the room like a man possessed.
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what(ever) posˈsessed somebody to do something?

used to ask why somebody did something bad, stupid, unexpected, etc: ‘She drove straight to the airport and got on the first plane.’ ‘What possessed her to do that?’This phrase refers to the belief that people can be controlled (‘possessed’) by an evil spirit.
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Upon searching his vehicle, we seized marijuana that the suspect claimed to have possessed for his personal consumption.
We took him to Dubai Police's anti-narcotics department for further interrogation - during which he claimed that he possessed the drugs for promotional purposes.
And Christopher Hotten, prosecuting, said he claimed he had again been possessed at Birmingham Coroner's Court as the case of his 21-year-old wife's death was heard.
Larson reported that Flo's kind possessed substantially shorter collarbones, relative to arm length, than any modern human has.
IF THE DEMON possessed are distinct from the devil-inhabited by the power of the will, then the demon sufferers might be separated from the rest of the distressed souls who came to Jesus by their intent as well.
Michel believed she was possessed by demons and, when medical treatment failed, her family searched for a priest to perform an exorcism.
The secular books possessed by the Novarese priests can be divided into a number of categories.
Because a possessed person is only a vehicle for a higher being, spirit possession provides the protection of anonymity and can be a "safe" expression of dangerous hostility.
State and federal statutes prohibiting the possession of contraband, such as illegal drugs, require the government to prove that the possessor knowingly possessed the contraband.
At the same time, she claims, Russia possessed a commercial-industrial elite coherent enough to "successfully [influence] policy" and exhibit "cultural sophistication and civic involvement" as early as the late eighteenth century (pp.
The inmate did not contest that he possessed these objects but told his supervisor that he had intended to give them to his supervisors privately rather than in view of other inmates.
When I arrived at Beauvoir's temple, he appeared to be possessed by Ogoun, the god of warriors whose symbol is fire; the participants at the ceremony knew which god had possessed him because of the dance he was performing.
A board's knowledge of conducting business or evaluating the quality of opportunities in a specific country may differ from that possessed by the company's management.
1968), by arguing that the trust beneficiaries in Crummey not only possessed an immediate right of withdrawal, but also possessed "substantial, future economic benefits" in trust corpus and income.
In this game, players take on the role of the rebel himself - Stubbs, a wisecracking Zombie who takes on an ultra-modern city of the future using nothing but his own carcass and the weapons of his possessed enemies.