stark raving mad
Totally crazy, as in The constant uncertainty over his job is making him stark raving mad. This term, meaning “completely wildly insane,” is used both hyperbolically and literally. Versions of this expression appear to have sprung from the minds of great literary figures. Stark mad was first recorded by poet John Skelton in 1489; stark raving was first recorded by playwright John Beaumont in 1648; stark staring mad was first used by John Dryden in 1693. The current wording, stark raving mad, first appeared in Henry Fielding's The Intriguing Chambermaid in 1734.
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Charles “Father” Coughlin, a raving anti-Semite, was one of the most popular radio hosts in the country.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When he has called the police in the past, they have not responded, or responded “mad late.”
His constant worship of his wife stands in stark contrast to scandals of the domestic nature in other sports.
From righteous fury to faux indignation, everything we got mad about in 2014—and how outrage has taken over our lives.
The house decays around Amelia and Samuel, their world narrows and becomes mad, undealable with.
Charred beams and blackened walls showed stark and gaunt in the glow of a smoldering mass of wreckage.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Then she won, and went half mad with the joy and excitement, but the joy didn't last long.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
Mankind, mad with the energy of activity, would be seen to pursue the fleeing phantom of insatiable desire.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Irene's been down to the train to meet you three times and she's sure fighting mad by this time.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
John Stark, a major general in the revolutionary army, died, aged 93.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell