Definition of to distraction in English:

to distraction


  • Almost to a state of madness.

    ‘she loved him to distraction’
    • ‘Driven to distraction by London, and missing Skye, he's even started to fantasise about the drab flatlands of Essex.’
    • ‘She has a lovely home, nice things around her and a child who loves her to distraction.’
    • ‘Anand is debonair and driven to distraction, in Cary Grant-esque fashion.’
    • ‘Motorists are being driven to distraction by a roadworks nightmare.’
    • ‘I drove my parents to distraction playing the Spy Who Loved me with its squidgy car chase sound track every weekend as a kid.’
    • ‘I love the two children I have got to distraction and they, or any other babies born in to the world for that matter, are welcome to me.’
    • ‘Since Ellis, who had made his fortune in the travel business, took over at Villa Park, 11 managers have been driven to distraction by him.’
    • ‘Have you never been driven to distraction by a grasping building contractor?’
    • ‘Motorists visiting Manchester for Christmas are being driven to distraction by ‘ghost’ car park signs.’
    • ‘Most of the aircraft were on free lease (the technical term was ‘bailed’) from the US Air Force, which drove the USAF liaison people to distraction.’
    • ‘I'm sure they'll be driving their opponents to distraction with their new tracksuits when they get to Barbados.’
    • ‘After all, I'm driven to distraction by the incorrect and inconsistent use of the comma in practically every publication I read.’
    • ‘Second, the Star & Sickle, otherwise known as the Star Tribune, already loves Alice to distraction.’
    intensely, fervently, wildly, unrestrainedly, enthusiastically, completely
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