out of one's mind

idiomatic phrase

variants or less commonly out of one's skull or out of one's gourd or out of one's tree
: mentally unsound
usually used informally in an exaggerated way
You can't climb up there! Are you out of your mind?
He was bored out of his mind/skull/gourd/tree.
I feel like I'm going out of my mind.
That noise is driving me out of my mind! [=that noise is bothering me very much]
I was out of my mind with worry. = I was going out of my mind with worry [=I was extremely worried]

Examples of out of one's mind in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of out of one's mind was in the 14th century

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“Out of one's mind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out%20of%20one%27s%20mind. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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