Definition of to distraction in English:

to distraction


  • Almost to a state of madness.

    ‘she loved him to distraction’
    • ‘Motorists visiting Manchester for Christmas are being driven to distraction by ‘ghost’ car park signs.’
    • ‘Second, the Star & Sickle, otherwise known as the Star Tribune, already loves Alice to distraction.’
    • ‘I drove my parents to distraction playing the Spy Who Loved me with its squidgy car chase sound track every weekend as a kid.’
    • ‘Have you never been driven to distraction by a grasping building contractor?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anand is debonair and driven to distraction, in Cary Grant-esque fashion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Driven to distraction by London, and missing Skye, he's even started to fantasise about the drab flatlands of Essex.’
    • ‘I'm sure they'll be driving their opponents to distraction with their new tracksuits when they get to Barbados.’
    • ‘She has a lovely home, nice things around her and a child who loves her to distraction.’
    • ‘After all, I'm driven to distraction by the incorrect and inconsistent use of the comma in practically every publication I read.’
    • ‘Motorists are being driven to distraction by a roadworks nightmare.’
    • ‘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.’
    intensely, fervently, wildly, unrestrainedly, enthusiastically, completely
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