stark raving mad

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(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.
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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!
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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.
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stark raving mad

Insane. Literally this term means “completely, wildly crazy,” a graphic description of manic behavior. Versions of it have appeared since the sixteenth century, including Jonathan Swift’s, “There’s difference between staring and stark mad” (Polite Conversation, 1738). More recently, Robert Barnard piled up colloquial synonyms: “‘Mad as a hatter,’ said Gillian Soames complacently. ‘Stark raving bonkers. Up the wall. Round the twist.’” (Death and the Chaste Apprentice, 1989).
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'Cut my limbs off one by one!' cried Sikes, seizing her roughly by the arm, 'If I don't think the gal's stark raving mad.
There were some in tears; some raging and tearing themselves, as if they had been in the greatest agonies of sorrow; some stark raving and downright lunatic; some ran about the ship stamping with their feet, others wringing their hands; some were dancing, some singing, some laughing, more crying, many quite dumb, not able to speak a word; others sick and vomiting; several swooning and ready to faint; and a few were crossing themselves and giving God thanks.
I'm afraid our country seems to have gone stark raving mad.
WHOEVER made the decision to demolish the flyover in Perry Barr must be stark raving bonkers in my opinion (Birmingham Mail, June 18 2019).
Creators of The Simpsons have already taken action to axe an episode titled Stark Raving Dad, which featured Michael Jackson.
Jackson's music has been removed from some radio stations in Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand, while 'The Simpsons' have taken Jackson's episode, 'Stark Raving Dad', off the air.
In the 1991 "Stark Raving Dad" episode, Jackson voiced a character who claims to be Jackson and who meets Homer Simpson in a mental institution.
Executive producers James L Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean all agreed to axe the 1991 episode Stark Raving Dad, in which Jacko voiced mental patient Leon Kompowsky.
The Wall Street Journal says that producers of The Simpsons have decided to remove the episode, Stark Raving Dad, from streaming services and TV channels which air the show.
"If we are seriously talking about funding these Games by adding to taxes in the city, then I think we've gone stark raving bonkers," he said.
EST], only a bloody stark raving alcoholic is bloody drunk at 1:30 in the afternoon," Kathpalia said, (https://www.khaleejtimes.com/international/india/senior-pilot-fails-alcohol-test-another-skips-it-flight-delayed) Khaleej Times reported .
OIf, back then, you were to utter the words 'Wagmama', 'Nandos' or 'Starbucks' to any of the people in the photograph, they might have thought you were speaking a foreign language, or perhaps gone "stark raving made", to use the parlance of the day.
In 2013, I returned to the ncpa as an independent curator to present Stark Raving Mad, a festival of Bhakti poetry and classical dance that proved particularly successful.
It's really hard" Actress Nicole Kidman "Labour, urged on by hundreds of thousands of new crackpot-socialist recruits, has gone stark raving bonkers" Commentator Matthew Parris, a former Tory MP "I am aware of the partying that's going on.