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1‘all the publicity nearly sent her crazy’
mad, insane, out of one's mind, deranged, demented, not in one's right mind, crazed, lunatic, non compos mentis, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, mad as a hatter, mad as a March hare, stark mad
mental, off one's head, out of one's head, off one's nut, nutty, nutty as a fruitcake, off one's rocker, not right in the head, not quite right in the head, round the bend, raving mad, stark raving mad, stark staring mad, bats, batty, bonkers, cuckoo, loopy, loony, bananas, loco, dippy, screwy, with a screw loose, touched, gaga, doolally, up the pole, not all there, off the wall, out to lunch, not right upstairs, away with the fairies
British barmy, crackers, barking, barking mad, round the twist, off one's trolley, as daft as a brush, not the full shilling, one sandwich short of a picnic
North American buggy, nutsy, nutso, out of one's tree, meshuga, squirrelly, wacko, gonzo
Canadian NZ Australian bushed
2‘children get all sorts of crazy ideas’
absurd, preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, risible
idiotic, stupid, foolish, foolhardy, unwise, imprudent, ill-conceived, silly, inane, puerile, infantile, fatuous, imbecilic, hare-brained, half-baked
unreasonable, irrational, illogical, nonsensical, pointless, senseless, impracticable, unworkable, unrealistic
outrageous, wild, shocking, astonishing, monstrous
unbelievable, incredible, unthinkable, implausible
peculiar, odd, strange, queer, weird, eccentric, bizarre, fantastic, incongruous, grotesque
barmy, daft, potty, cock-eyed
North American crazy-ass
US wackadoo, wackadoodle
3‘people in Barbados are just crazy about cricket’
very enthusiastic, passionate, fanatical, excited
very keen on, enamoured of, infatuated with, smitten with, devoted to, fond of
wild, mad, nutty, nuts, potty, gone on
dated sweet on
1‘we are just working like crazy to make what we have efficient’
energetically, enthusiastically, madly, with a will, for all one is worth, passionately, intensely, ardently, fervently
like mad, hammer and tongs
2‘you were driving like crazy when something punctured one of the tyres’
fast, furiously, as fast as possible, hurriedly, quickly, rapidly, speedily, hastily
like mad, hammer and tongs, at warp speed
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