Definition of round the bend in English:

round the bend

(US around the bend)


  • Mad.

    ‘it's time for some changes before we all go round the bend’
    ‘you're driving me round the bend’
    • ‘The newspaper recently reported that the Formula One testing was sending local residents round the bend over claims the noise was ‘hellish’.’
    • ‘It's the little things that really drive me around the bend, though.’
    • ‘It's defeated many aspirants and driven a few completely around the bend.’
    • ‘Something must be going on with her privately that’s driving her around the bend.’
    • ‘So one possible answer to the question of whatever happened to intellectuals is that many became postmodernists, and have driven everybody else - as intellectuals always have - round the bend.’
    • ‘Anyway, all that click, click, clicking would drive me round the bend.’
    • ‘Modern communications are meant to be more efficient, yet the systems seem to have been designed to drive those who seek help round the bend.’
    • ‘Some of his escapades almost drove me around the bend.’
    • ‘The impression nevertheless vividly remains of someone going around the bend as a result of his staring too long at the face of evil.’
    • ‘The constant ‘thump-thump’ of a contractor's piledriver has been driving residents round the bend.’
    • ‘The week has just entered the early hours of Monday morning and he is driving his unfortunate wife, Victoria, round the bend.’
    • ‘She has gone completely around the bend.’
    • ‘You can't really blame me because I'm round the bend.’
    • ‘But hypocrisy really drove her around the bend - it so easily legitimized cruel ignorance and bad faith.’
    • ‘He continued to drive slightly further down the road, while Clive continued to drive him round the bend by finding fault with every possible camping place.’
    • ‘What drove me round the bend about places like that Club is that people would be talking to you but looking over your shoulder to see if there was anyone more important in.’
    • ‘We are at our wits' end with our 13-year-old son, whose behaviour is driving us round the bend.’
    • ‘It is, but why let that drive you to drink, solitude or round the bend?’
    • ‘I was glad that they didn't think I was round the bend.’
    • ‘I briefly wondered if one of his men had gone round the bend, then the penny dropped, and I realised it must be Pat come to take the sheep away.’
    mad, insane, out of one's mind, deranged, demented, not in one's right mind, certifiable, of unsound mind, crazed, lunatic, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, frenzied, raving, distraught, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare
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