drive (someone) mad

Definition of drive (someone) mad

1 :to cause (someone) to become mentally ill
  • Years alone in the jungle had driven him mad.
2 :to annoy or bother (someone) very much
  • That noise is driving me mad!

Word by Word Definitions

drive play
  1. : to frighten or prod (game, cattle, etc.) into moving in a desired direction

  2. : to go through (an area) driving game animals

  3. : to carry on or through energetically

  1. : an act of driving:

  2. : a trip in a carriage or automobile

  3. : an instance of collecting and moving animals (such as game or cattle) together in a desired direction

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

mad play
  1. : arising from, indicative of, or marked by mental disorder

  2. : completely unrestrained by reason and judgment : unable to think in a clear or sensible way

  3. : incapable of being explained or accounted for

  1. : madden

  1. : a fit or mood of bad temper

  2. : anger, fury


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