be barking mad

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be barking mad

To be crazy or insane. Although its origin is unknown, the phrase may refer to rabid dogs. It's freezing today, and you're not going to wear a coat? Are you barking mad? You're barking mad if you think that plan will work.
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be barking ˈmad


be ˈbarking

(British English, informal) completely crazy: You’re playing tennis in this weather? You’re barking mad!
See also: bark, mad
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Passersby must have thought the officers were barking mad as they carted the two mutts away in Finglas, North Co Dublin.
Geordie pop princess Cheryl Cole's fans were barking mad when she turned up an hour late for a concert.
Mr Pigott said: "Everybody said were were barking mad.