Driven by, obsessed with, as in He was possessed by the idea of becoming a millionaire. This idiom employs possess in the sense of “dominate one's thoughts or ideas,” a usage dating from the late 1500s.
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Those snakes attacked unwitting passers-by, or invaded homes and hotels.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma|Brendon Hong|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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On Sept. 7, 1996, Tupac was targeted and killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.Rapper Bobby Shmurda Arrested at New York’s Notorious Quad Studios|M.L. Nestel|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Be reliable supports of the Songun revolution possessed of a lofty spirit and rich knowledge!
All along the highways and by-paths of our literature we encounter much that pertains to this "queen of plants."
The children possessed themselves of the tent, and Mrs. Pontellier went over to join them.
Tausig possessed this repose in a technical way, and his touch was marvellous; but he never drew the tears to your eyes.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
John was baptizing at a large pool called Ænon-by-Saleim,—probably allegorical, meaning “Fountain of Repose.”Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
The sewing-machine made a resounding clatter in the room; it was of a ponderous, by-gone make.