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rant and rave (about someone or something)

to shout angrily and wildly about someone or something. Barbara rants and raves when her children don't obey her. Bob rants and raves about anything that displeases him.
See also: and, rant, rave

rave about someone or something

 
1. to rage in anger about someone or something. Gale was raving about Sarah and what she did. Sarah raved and raved about Gale's insufferable rudeness.
2. to sing the praises of someone or something. Even the harshest critic raved about Larry's stage success. Everyone was raving about your excellent performance.
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rave over someone or something

to recite praises for someone or something. The students were just raving over the new professor. Donald raved over the cake I baked. But he'll eat anything.
See also: over, rave

stark raving mad

Cliché totally insane; completely crazy; out of control. (Often an exaggeration.) When she heard about what happened at the office, she went stark raving mad. You must be start raving mad if you think I would trust you with my car!
See also: mad, raving, stark

rant and rave

Talk loudly and vehemently, especially in anger, as in There you go again, ranting and raving about the neighbor's car in your driveway. This idiom is a redundancy, since rant and rave mean just about the same thing, but probably survives on account of its alliterative appeal.
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stark raving mad

Totally crazy, as in The constant uncertainty over his job is making him stark raving mad. This term, meaning "completely wildly insane," is used both hyperbolically and literally. Versions of this expression appear to have sprung from the minds of great literary figures. Stark mad was first recorded by poet John Skelton in 1489; stark raving was first recorded by playwright John Beaumont in 1648; stark staring mad was first used by John Dryden in 1693. The current wording, stark raving mad, first appeared in Henry Fielding's The Intriguing Chambermaid in 1734.
See also: mad, raving, stark

ˌrant and ˈrave

(disapproving) show that you are angry by shouting or complaining loudly for a long time: He stood there for about twenty minutes ranting and raving about the colour of the new paint.
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rave about

or rave over
v.
To speak or write about something or someone with wild enthusiasm: The dinner guests raved about the roasted duck. The critic raved over the new movie.
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rave

n. a party; a wild celebration. Let’s have a little rave next Friday.
References in classic literature ?
The form of the monster on whom I had bestowed existence was forever before my eyes, and I raved incessantly concerning him.
The seat was upholstered, high-backed, and comfortable; and Billy raved about the wonders of the efficient brake.
She lay bereft of animation for hours; and when life, look, and speech returned, her senses had deserted her, and she raved wildly and furiously.
31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Raved announced today the launch of Raved 2.
About Raved Raved is a mobile app platform that enables people to discover and share great places with friends and trusted sources.
9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Raved announced today that its app for Android devices is now available for free on Google Play.
Following the successful Raved launch for iPhone and iPod touch in July, Raved has already accumulated nearly 250,000 users and their friends along with over 4.
We've been delighted by the great reception and rapid growth of Raved since our launch of the service on the iOS platform a few weeks ago," said Henry Vogel, CEO of Raved.
Users don't need to find or follow anyone to get started; Raved can automatically integrate 'friends' and their 'likes', 'check-ins', and more from users' social networks like Facebook.
Users can edit their questions and easily post them to Facebook and via mobile notifications to other Raved users.
And since memorable places are out in the world, Raved now helps make sure users have all the important information about those great places at their fingertips on their Android devices wherever and whenever they need it.