One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in hyperbolic use) go mad.‘she began to beat her chest as though she had taken leave of her senses’
become insane, lose one's reason, lose one's mind, take leave of one's senses, go off one's head, go crazyView synonyms
- ‘So, from now until Christmas Day, this column will address the delicate subject of how to cook and entertain your way through the festive season without taking leave of your senses.’
- ‘She truly does take leave of her senses where her Earl is concerned.’
- ‘Or was it the telecom bosses and their financiers who took leave of their senses?’
- ‘But five months ago, the Washington Post editors completely took leave of their senses.’
- ‘He is old and senile, and sometimes takes leave of his senses.’
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