As the Senate vote on health care looms, some liberals are frantically mounting an eleventh-hour effort to kill the bill.
He winks, smacks his lips and frantically drains the go-cup.
As Winslet tried to keep her mouth upturned, Rinna frantically back-pedaled, deeming her the most beautiful woman at ceremony.
Staffers were frantically compiling information from eyewitnesses and Japanese sources.
I have been frantically chewing gum for two days, pausing only to eat and sleep.
She fought it frantically, striving to think, and to think clearly.
frantically he thrashed there, spattering and floundering in darkness.
For hours after he reached his room in the hotel he paced it frantically.
frantically the men in the spy craft were trying to head their boat about.
Nan, standing by the kitchen door, frantically signaled me to join her.
mid-14c., "insane," unexplained variant of Middle English frentik (see frenetic). Transferred meaning "affected by wild excitement" is from late 15c. Of the adverbial forms, frantically (1749) is later than franticly (1540s).