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midsummer madness

a temporary lapse into foolishness, senseless behavior, folly, etc., especially during the summer:
His plan to become a beachcomber is midsummer madness.
Origin of midsummer madness
First recorded in 1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They do not dance in the kitchen, but there is midsummer madness in the air.

    August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt

    L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
  • He was not afflicted with the midsummer madness of his brethren at Peking.

    The Truth about Opium William H. Brereton
  • But to my thinking this love is but a sort of midsummer madness.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • I think of him as my husband again, now that this midsummer madness is over.

    The Red Redmaynes

    Eden Phillpotts
  • And what the family will say to our midsummer madness, God knows!

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • To use Imperial credit for such a purpose would be midsummer madness.

  • midsummer madness, perhaps, but a madness I hope that will hold us true friends for many and many a year to come.

  • One foolish incident, a midsummer madness, before he went to Oxford, was all he had to blush for.

    Masques & Phases Robert Ross
  • "This is midsummer madness, Raoul," answered Henri, with good temper.

  • To the stodgy, suety world of course it's little else than sheer moonshine, midsummer madness.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
British Dictionary definitions for midsummer madness

midsummer madness

foolish or extravagant behaviour, supposed to occur during the summer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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