Definition of like mad in English:

like mad


  • With great intensity, energy, or enthusiasm.

    ‘I ran like mad’
    • ‘Picking up speed to escape imminent danger, he ran like mad to the finishing line.’
    • ‘The next morning all the servants were running around like mad preparing for the party that evening.’
    • ‘My eyes are hurting like mad, this means I will probably have a cold soon.’
    • ‘All of a sudden, Athena, sitting in front of her laptop, began to type like mad.’
    • ‘On Saturday morning every bone and muscle was hurting like mad but we still had to soldier on.’
    • ‘The two looked at each other for a second, then fired like crazy and ran like mad.’
    • ‘My pedals are squeaking like mad, despite liberal lubrication.’
    • ‘I swam like mad towards the surface, harder than I've ever swum in my life, breathing the last of my air.’
    • ‘The seven were still together and with the heads down they sprinted like mad for the line.’
    • ‘It was busy - four weeks to Christmas and all the normal people are shopping like mad.’
    fast, furiously, as fast as possible, as fast as one's legs can carry one, hurriedly, quickly, rapidly, speedily, hastily
    energetically, enthusiastically, madly, with a will, for all one is worth, passionately, intensely, ardently, fervently
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