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be stark raving mad

To be totally crazy. Don't listen to a word he says, he's stark raving mad! You're stark raving mad if you think that plan will work.
See also: mad, raving, stark

stark naked

Completely naked. I keep having the dream where I walk into my classroom and realize I've forgotten my homework—and that I'm stark naked! We've all come into this world the hard way—stark naked and screaming!
See also: naked, stark

(stark) raving bonkers

Totally crazy or eccentric; filled with an excessive amount of emotion, especially anger or excitement. I know you'll probably think me raving bonkers, but I sold all my possessions and am moving to a small village in China. The announcement drove fans stark raving bonkers, as it will be the first new album the band has released in over 10 years. The boss is stark raving mad after I bungled the expense reports.
See also: bonkers, raving

(stark) raving mad

Totally crazy or eccentric; filled with an excessive amount of emotion, especially anger or excitement. I know you'll probably think I'm raving mad, but I sold all my possessions and am moving to a small village in China. The announcement drove fans stark raving mad, as it will be the first new album the band has released in over 10 years. The boss is stark raving bonkers after I bungled the expense reports.
See also: mad, raving

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

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

stark ˈnaked

(British English) (American English buck ˈnaked) completely naked: He always walks around his apartment buck naked.
See also: naked, stark
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The next scene we see is Tony Stark preparing for a busy day.
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Fletcher has formed a potent partnership with Motherwell's Ross McCormack and Rangers forward Steven Naismith, and Stark insists they will relish the increased responsibility amid the absence of Fletcher.
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Caption(s): From left: Steven Stark, president, and John Stark, chairman, will continue to lead the company and all of its divisions.
Looking to the future and in spite of two interest rate hikes approved by the European Central Bank in December 2005 and March 2006, Mr Stark points out that interest rates remain historically low though "monetary and financial indicators point to expansion and therefore increased risks of inflation".
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A surprise candidate, economics professor Axel Weber, finally emerged in late April as the nominee for Bundesbank chief, putting Stark out of the running for the second time.
But fishing was simply an artistic device, Stark said, "like the dog in 'Travels With Charlie' or the center lines in "Blue Highway,' or the boat in 'Old Glory'.
Ms Stark, 46, also faces chemotherapy starting this week, it said.
To prepare for the writing of these seven short, informative stories, Stark researched carefully to learn the physiological processes that accompany death.
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The perturbations calculated are the quadratic Zeeman shift, the scalar and tensor quadratic Stark shifts, and the interaction between an external electric field gradient and the atomic quadmpole moment.
For example, in discussing Joplin's first monetarily rewarding composition (and probably his most famous), "Maple Leaf Rag," Berlin ventures a discussion of how music instrument dealer John Stark came to hear, and publish, Joplin's piece.
This book reviews the large body of multidisciplinary, but philosophically consistent, work produced by Werner Stark during his long academic career.