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go out of one's mind

Lose one's mental stability, become insane, as in After he heard that the ore he had mined was worthless, the prospector went out of his mind . This phrase is often used as a humorous exaggeration, as in I'm going out of my mind reading these proofs . The phrase out of one's mind dates from the late 1300s, and was used with go shortly thereafter. Also see lose one's mind
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