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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 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.
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Although not as starkly, historian Gerald Linderman makes a similar point in The World Within War: America's Combat Experience in World War II (Free Press, 1997).
The subject of Vogel's satire is the schizophrenia of American culture, and after the Monica Lewinsky Follies in our nation's capital, we're in a historical moment during which the split between the opposed (yet inseparable) ideological forces in American public life has never been more starkly defined.
His experiences in prison contrasted starkly with his privileged upbringing.
Alas, for all the research the author has accomplished, the differences that the author espies in the ceremonies of possession appear so starkly different from one another that her story, lacking ambiguity and problematics, is quickly told.
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From emergency funds to paying off debts, men and women have starkly different financial perspectives and priorities.
The first movement of the opening work combined moments of fury with repose, a movement which contrasted starkly with the delicacy of the adagio.
THE airgun menace has been starkly highlighted in recent years - especially by toddler Andrew Morton's death.
Rauch's starkly silhouetted, oversize figures, and the vertiginous, stagelike spaces they occupy, owe a debt to Giotto (whose frescoes, seen on a trip to Italy after the reunification of Germany, deeply impressed him).
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Placed against Noguchi's set, Graham's starkly dramatic choreography from 1947 intensifies the theatrical scenario of Jocasta's union with her son Oedipus in a way that seems radical today.
With a tight budget (37 million DM for 8000 sq m), the building relies for its effect on starkly simple finishes and basic building methods.
But the tension occasionally shows, though not as starkly as in the Jerry Falwell/Pat Robertson line that the September II attacks were a sign of God's anger at feminists, abortionists, and gays.
Johnson, now in his nineties, is still pushing the envelope with starkly original work.
The analysis starkly underlines there are still many barriers to be overcome.