like a man/woman possessed

idiom

: with a lot of energy or force : like a person who is completely controlled by some powerful emotion, spirit, etc.
He pounded on the door like a man possessed, yelling for someone to let him in.

Examples of like a man/woman possessed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Michelle Yeoh, always a delight to see, plays the medium, and at one point is spun around wildly like a woman possessed. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2023 The senior running back played like a man possessed, rushing 29 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns to lead South Oak Cliff to a 42-21 victory over his former school, Lancaster, in a showdown of two powerhouse Class 5A programs Friday night at John Kincaide Stadium. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2023 Phoenix could possibly live with a pick-and-roll big who will rebound like a man possessed or one with scoring ability or finally figure out how to get the best out of Ayton on a nightly basis. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2023 Jefferson, a native of Sardis, Miss., which is about 30 minutes from the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, played like a man possessed last year against the Rebels, accounting for 411 yards and six touchdowns in a 52-51 loss. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 19 Nov. 2022 Jayson Tatum has been playing like a man possessed this year. Ian Firstenberg, Chicago Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 MacKinnon at times played like a man possessed during this run, leading the Avalanche with 13 goals, tied for the playoff lead. Stephen Whyno, oregonlive, 27 June 2022 But the Game 2 redemption started with Brown playing like a man possessed. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2022 The band sounded dialed-in and focused; drummer Glenn Kotche, who joined the band during the making of YHF, played like a man possessed, and guitarist Nels Cline, who came aboard two years after the album’s release, handled each electric mini-solo and noisy feedback crescendo with precision. Simon Vozick-Levinson, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2022

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“Like a man/woman possessed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/like%20a%20man%2Fwoman%20possessed. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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