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a mad/frantic dash (=very fast, usually because you are worried about something)
▪ ‘Something’s burning’, she said, making a mad dash for the kitchen.
barking mad
drive sb crazy/mad/insanespoken (also drive sb nutsspoken informal) (= make someone feel very annoyed)
▪ The continuous noise was driving me crazy.
go mad/deaf/bald etc
▪ He went crazy and tried to kill her.
go wild/mad/white etc with sth
▪ The crowd was going wild with excitement.
mad cow disease
mad keen on sth (=very keen on something)spoken
▪ I was mad keen on dinosaurs when I was little.
mad money
mad rush
▪ At five past twelve there was a mad rush to the dinner hall.
mad scramble
▪ It was a mad scramble trying to get things ready in time.
wild/mad eyes (=very angry, afraid etc)
▪ He stared at them with wild eyes.
▪ You don't want to see him as mad, a suicide, a killer.
▪ The system is as mad as the madman it wants to kill.
▪ Non-conformists are often regarded as mad, bad and dangerous to know.
▪ Now absorbed in the new Highland Region, it is still there and as mad as ever.
▪ From what I can gather he was as mad as a hatter, and really no good at all.
▪ He gathered all the renegade magicians together and revealed a plan as mad as it was bold.
▪ A lot of people are classed as mad and shut away without any need.
▪ So is the new owner completely mad ... Male speaker People have said that already.
▪ A form of meditation, I suppose, at the end of which you have either reached nirvana or are completely mad.
▪ They would really believe that I had gone completely mad.
▪ In that moment, she thought he had gone completely mad.
▪ But buyers are not completely mad.
▪ I don't even know why you're doing it, unless you've suddenly gone completely mad.
▪ The world had gone completely mad.
▪ Also Beuys, passing through, hat and horse, quite mad.
▪ The shopkeeper looked at me as if I were quite mad.
▪ He always thought old Beddington was quite mad, and now he knew it.
▪ Has Jeremy Fox gone quite mad?
▪ However, it should be remembered that, at the time, most of his academic peers thought him quite mad!
▪ I thought she was quite mad.
▪ You're quite mad, she told herself as she drove back to Roziac.
▪ Honestly, Ethel, she sounded really mad, wittering on about beetles up her pyjama leg and suchlike.
▪ Her boss, Detective Hineline, is always giving her a hard time and she never gets really mad at him.
▪ But he never, and I went really mad.
▪ Don Quixote, in my view, was not really mad.
▪ Then she got really mad and started screaming back at me.
▪ For a long time, I was really mad.
▪ I've seen how Dickie's pals look when taking the eleven plus, and it makes me so mad, Jo!
▪ It made him so mad, he decided to run for supervisor himself.
▪ He says that he was so mad that he got a knife to scare them.
▪ It was that, initially, that made me so mad.
▪ I know you must be so mad that you have this scary feeling from the big noise of the thunder.
▪ It was so grave, so mad.
▪ He got so mad he threw the Bible out the bedroom window right through the glass.
▪ Only a mad dash got them to the meeting on time.
▪ Kenny Lofton made a mad dash for the ball, got to it and had it pop off his glove.
▪ Why do cats suddenly make mad dashes around the house?
▪ At Freeport, the Jones Beach stop, was the mad dash for the bus.
▪ The pent-up energy overflows and a mad dash is on.
▪ One mad dash around the Phoenix area to see the big-leaguers play.
▪ Their runs batted in were his mad dashes from second base.
▪ When Helen grabs her son and makes a mad dash, you feel the danger.
▪ The mad hatter, the March hare and the dormouse.
▪ I had the family-planning abilities of a mad hatter.
▪ So both the March hare and the mad hatter are very mad.
▪ The Flaubert Bestiary I attract mad people and animals.
▪ She wasn't really violent like other mad people.
▪ Betty Boop look-alike, 17, mental, witty letter-writer Likes: cinema, dancing, food, mad people.
▪ Hackney has always been a resort for madhouses and mad people.
▪ The mad people treasured it, and Adamus was their instrument.
▪ Just right for mad people like her.
▪ In the gloom, she pictured the sad, mad people who'd walked there.
▪ Twenty five minutes past twelve came and there was a mad rush to the dinner hall.
▪ Towards evening I went in search of bed and breakfast; the mad rush to the west could wait.
▪ The sooner he could phone the mad scientist, and take them to the poly, the better.
▪ Well, Holmes, he looks just like the popular caricature of a mad scientist.
▪ Well he wasn't going hedgehog-spotting, not till he'd fixed up a deal with the mad scientist.
▪ Castle, this 1959 thriller casts Price as a mad scientist who discovers the biological cause of fear in human beings.
▪ This distrust is evident in the cartoon figure of the mad scientist working in his laboratory to produce a Frankenstein.
▪ There was a fourth, but it was too squashed to be much good to the mad scientist.
▪ And whatever happens, after May 3 they're predicting a mad scramble for one-way only tickets.
▪ A mad scramble followed a Dollar free throw, and Hamilton eventually grabbed the ball on the right wing.
▪ Spurs regained the lead in the 51st minute after a mad scramble in the United area before Jason Dozzell slotted home.
▪ Police contend Bagby nearly ran over two officers in a mad scramble to get home.
▪ Joan, the mad woman, stopped cooking.
▪ The night of the fire Rochester saw the mad woman on the battlements of the hall and attempted to rescue her.
▪ But there she was, like a mad woman, ready for going out.
▪ Madmen and mad women pushing shopping carts nearly ran over children, then dared cars to run them over.
▪ I shall be alone with that mad woman upstairs.
▪ And he was her son, he was the son of a mad woman.
▪ Outside a mad woman was talking to herself: she wore several coats and had a troubled, concentrated expression.
▪ It's been killed by that old mad woman.
(stark) raving mad/bonkers
▪ All of this doesn't mean he wasn't stark raving mad, and just putting on.
be steaming (mad)
▪ Pierce was steaming mad after he got the second penalty.
▪ A small storm had come up, and cars were steaming by on the road alongside the river.
▪ A tea-bag, a spoon of Marvel milk-powder, and the green plastic mug was steaming triumphantly by my side.
▪ Fifteen minutes after the rains began, according to equatorial form, the sky had cleared and we were steaming dry.
▪ In October 1927, the young missionary was steaming at 15-20 knots towards Rangoon.
▪ Soon ... In the elevator Peggy Vanderheld was steaming, and not only with the heat.
▪ This is steaming with a difference.
▪ We were steaming in a circle for a reason.
guilty/shy/mad/angry etc as hell
▪ I was as angry as hell.
▪ Lucy was shy as hell, and Jay was sure and easy.
▪ She washed spiders down the plughole, and felt guilty as hell about it.
▪ Strong, dedicated, skilful, passionate, intelligent and as angry as hell.
▪ The Jaguar is reported to have crashed in a distant country, mad as hell.
▪ These people were mad as hell.
▪ Whenever her family had been mentioned she looked as guilty as hell.
hopping mad
▪ Bunker had received the message from a convener at one of the Midlands plants, who was also hopping mad.
▪ Christmas dinner ruined and so on - she's hopping mad.
▪ Just as well for him, because she was hopping mad.
▪ No wonder, then, that several institutions are hopping mad.
▪ Trainer Michael O'Leary was also hopping mad.
▪ Well, I've just been round the tents and Lyons are hopping mad!
stark raving mad/bonkers
▪ All of this doesn't mean he wasn't stark raving mad, and just putting on.
▪ Don't get mad. It was an accident.
▪ Don seems really mad about something.
▪ Ernie was mad because we woke him up.
▪ Sally was mad at the children for making so much noise.
▪ Sheila's mad at me because I forgot to feed the cats yesterday.
▪ There was a mad gleam in his bloodshot eyes.
▪ They say she went mad after her family were killed in a fire.
▪ Was he mad?
▪ We soon realized that the old man was completely mad.
▪ Although mad, flagellants are not cowards.
▪ In the ones with both of us, we was laughing like mad.
▪ It seems that everyone in Sierra has been driven mad by the heat.
▪ She looked mean, she looked mad.
▪ The thing is she gets mad at the littlest things.
▪ The yellow lights on their anorexic columns look mad, like cyclopean triffids, very thin, very tall.
▪ You couldn't ring the bell or they would go mad.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mad \Mad\, v. i. To be mad; to go mad; to rave. See Madding. [Archaic]

Festus said with great voice, Paul thou maddest.
--Wyclif (Acts).


Mad \Mad\, n. [AS. ma?a; akin to D. & G. made, Goth. mapa, and prob. to E. moth.] (Zo["o]l.) An earthworm. [Written also made.]


Mad \Mad\, obs. p. p. of Made.


Mad \Mad\, a. [Compar. Madder; superl. Maddest.] [AS. gem?d, gem[=a]d, mad; akin to OS. gem?d foolish, OHG. gameit, Icel. mei?a to hurt, Goth. gam['a]ids weak, broken. ?.]

  1. Disordered in intellect; crazy; insane.

    I have heard my grandsire say full oft, Extremity of griefs would make men mad.

  2. Excited beyond self-control or the restraint of reason; inflamed by violent or uncontrollable desire, passion, or appetite; as, to be mad with terror, lust, or hatred; mad against political reform.

    It is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.
    --Jer. 1. 88.

    And being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.
    --Acts xxvi. 11.

  3. Proceeding from, or indicating, madness; expressing distraction; prompted by infatuation, fury, or extreme rashness. ``Mad demeanor.''

    Mad wars destroy in one year the works of many years of peace.

    The mad promise of Cleon was fulfilled.
    --Jowett (Thucyd.).

  4. Extravagant; immoderate. ``Be mad and merry.''
    --Shak. ``Fetching mad bounds.''

  5. Furious with rage, terror, or disease; -- said of the lower animals; as, a mad bull; esp., having hydrophobia; rabid; as, a mad dog.

  6. Angry; out of patience; vexed; as, to get mad at a person.

  7. Having impaired polarity; -- applied to a compass needle. Like mad, like a mad person; in a furious manner; as, to run like mad. --L'Estrange. To run mad.

    1. To become wild with excitement.

    2. To run wildly about under the influence of hydrophobia; to become affected with hydrophobia.

      To run mad after, to pursue under the influence of infatuation or immoderate desire. ``The world is running mad after farce.''


Mad \Mad\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Madded; p. pr. & vb. n. Madding.] To make mad or furious; to madden.

Had I but seen thy picture in this plight, It would have madded me.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., from Old English gemædde (plural) "out of one's mind" (usually implying also violent excitement), also "foolish, extremely stupid," earlier gemæded "rendered insane," past participle of a lost verb *gemædan "to make insane or foolish," from Proto-Germanic *ga-maid-jan, demonstrative form of *ga-maid-az "changed (for the worse), abnormal" (cognates: Old Saxon gimed "foolish," Old High German gimeit "foolish, vain, boastful," Gothic gamaiþs "crippled, wounded," Old Norse meiða "to hurt, maim"), from intensive prefix *ga- + PIE *moito-, past participle of root *mei- (1) "to change" (cognates: Latin mutare "to change," mutuus "done in exchange," migrare "to change one's place of residence;" see mutable).\n

\nEmerged in Middle English to replace the more usual Old English word, wod (see wood (adj.)). Sense of "beside oneself with excitement or enthusiasm" is from early 14c. Meaning "beside oneself with anger" is attested from early 14c., but deplored by Rev. John Witherspoon (1781) as an Americanism. It now competes in American English with angry for this sense. Of animals, "affected with rabies," from late 13c. Phrase mad as a March hare is attested from 1520s, via notion of breeding season; mad as a hatter is from 1829 as "demented," 1837 as "enraged," according to a modern theory supposedly from erratic behavior caused by prolonged exposure to poison mercuric nitrate, used in making felt hats. For mad as a wet hen see hen. Mad money is attested from 1922; mad scientist is from 1891.


late 14c., from mad (adj.).

  1. 1 insane; crazy, mentally deranged. 2 (context chiefly US; UK dated + regional English) angry, annoyed. adv. (context slang New England New York and UK dialect English) Intensifier; to a large degree; extremely; exceedingly; very; unbelievable. v

  2. (context now colloquial US English) To madden, to anger, to frustrate.

  1. adj. roused to anger; "stayed huffy a good while"- Mark Twain; "she gets mad when you wake her up so early"; "mad at his friend"; "sore over a remark" [syn: huffy, sore]

  2. affected with madness or insanity; "a man who had gone mad" [syn: brainsick, crazy, demented, distracted, disturbed, sick, unbalanced, unhinged]

  3. marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion; "a crowd of delirious baseball fans"; "something frantic in their gaiety"; "a mad whirl of pleasure" [syn: delirious, excited, frantic, unrestrained]

  4. very foolish; "harebrained ideas"; "took insane risks behind the wheel"; "a completely mad scheme to build a bridge between two mountains" [syn: harebrained, insane]

  5. [also: madding, madded, maddest, madder]


Mád is a village in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County in northeastern Hungary.

Mad (band)

Mad is a hard rock band from Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was formed in 1997.

Mad (village)

' Mad' (, ) is a village and municipality in the Dunajská Streda District in the Trnava Region of south-west Slovakia.


MAD ("Multi Access Dungeon") was a global MUD, similar to MUD1, which ran on "FREMP11", the BITNET node operated by the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris. The MUD was developed by Bruno Chabrier and Vincent Lextrait, two students at the school, and began operating in 1984.

Mad (Raven EP)

Mad is an EP released by English heavy metal band Raven in 1986, after the debacle of the album The Pack Is Back, which received very bad reviews and insignificant commercial success. The songs of this EP mark the return to a more aggressive and metallic sound. It has never been re-released on CD. Its tracks were released as bonus tracks on other CD releases.

Mad (Ne-Yo song)

"Mad" is a song by American pop/ R&B singer Ne-Yo. It is the third single from his album Year of the Gentleman and was produced by Stargate and himself.

Mad (magazine)

Mad is an American humor magazine founded in 1952 by editor Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines, launched as a comic book before it became a magazine. It was widely imitated and influential, affecting satirical media as well as the cultural landscape of the 20th century, with editor Al Feldstein increasing readership to more than two million during its 1974 circulation peak. As of May 2016, Mad has published 539 issues.

The magazine is the last surviving title from the EC Comics line, offering satire on all aspects of life and popular culture, politics, entertainment, and public figures. Its format is divided into a number of recurring segments such as TV and movie parodies, as well as freeform articles. Mad's mascot, Alfred E. Neuman, is typically the focal point of the magazine's cover, with his face often replacing that of a celebrity or character who is lampooned within the issue.

MAD (programming language)

MAD (Michigan Algorithm Decoder) is a programming language and compiler for the IBM 704 and later the IBM 709, IBM 7090, IBM 7040, UNIVAC 1107, UNIVAC 1108, Philco 210-211, and eventually the IBM S/370 mainframe computers. Developed in 1959 at the University of Michigan by Bernard Galler, Bruce Arden and Robert M. Graham, MAD is a variant of the ALGOL language. It was widely used to teach programming at colleges and universities during the 1960s and played a minor role in the development of CTSS, Multics, and the Michigan Terminal System computer operating systems.

The archives at the Bentley Historical Library of the University of Michigan contain reference materials on the development of MAD and MAD/I, including three linear feet of printouts with hand-written notations and original printed manuals.

Mad (Hadouken! EP)

The M.A.D. EP is a 2009 EP by New Rave band Hadouken!. It was released on 14 September 2009. It was released in the UK as a digital download EP, however, a CD single is available in Japan. M.A.D. stands for Mutually Assured Destruction. The title track later appeared on the band's second studio album, For the Masses.

Mad (TV series)

Mad is an American animated sketch comedy produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The series was based on Mad magazine, where each episode is a collection of short animated parodies of television shows, movies, games, celebrities, and other media using various types of animation (CGI, claymation, stopmotion, etc.) instead of the usual animation style that Warner Bros. Animation is known for. The series premiered on the evening of September 6, 2010 on Cartoon Network. The series ended its 3-year run on December 2, 2013.

Mad (Got7 album)

Mad (stylized as MAD) is the fourth extended play by South Korean boy band Got7, released on September 30, 2015 by JYP Entertainment. The song "If You Do" was used to promote the EP.

Usage examples of "mad".

They were feeling loose and adrift, growing slowly mad, their minds degenerating.

Looking down, the trio in the aerophane could see London grow mad, grave men skipping about in the rain like schoolboys at the first fall of snow.

Pewt he had the close and Mister Purington he nocked at the door and he asked for me and when i come to the door he made Pewt give me the close and then he told Pewt to tell me he was sorry for what he had done and Pewt he dident want to say it but Mister Purington most lifted Pewt of the ground by the ear and then Pewt he said he was sorry kind of mad like and Mister Purington lifted him up agen til Pewt he stood on his tip toes and his face was all onesided and his eyes all squinty and then he had to say it over agen polite.

Obviously convinced that Seregil had gone completely mad at last, Alec fought him for it and they both toppled over the side.

Nyarlathotep, the mad faceless god, howls blindly in the darkness to the piping of two amorphous idiot flute--players.

Waiting every day from the ninth hour onward to see if her husband would come home for dinner, postponing the meal a few minutes only at a time, she drove her appallingly expensive cook mad, and all too often ended in sniffling her way through a solitary repast designed to revive the vanished appetite of a glutton emerging from a fasting cure.

They wandered round the small square and she bought postcards and obediently drank Mad- ron ho, distilled from arbutus berries.

And when Alice is herself again drawn into the mad proceedings and forced to participate, her open rebellion is, arguably, inevitable.

Some of these meanderings of this mad genius, now the Supreme Warlord personally directing his vast armies from the Volga to the English Channel, have been preserved.

Rooted to the spot, astonished, almost mad, I tremblingly looked at her, trying to understand what had caused such an extraordinary action.

The Khania Atene also is mad with rage against thee and our holy College.

Lofty as the army was, that pale and sinister beacon rose above it, towering monstrous over all peaks and concernments of earth, and tasting the atomless aether where the cryptical moon and the mad planets reel.

Not the Rings, not your career as an authoress, and, most assuredly, not the Mad Monk.

Jane, half mad with anguish and remorse, found an added pang in the recollection that during one of his conscious and least uncomfortable hours he had yielded to her solicitations and those of Susan Bates, and had set apart a certain portion of his estate, with the approval of Roger, for a collegiate building which was to bear his name.

Two pages and three gentlemen were waiting upon him, and Mad Noll, the jester, stood at the head of the bed, now and then jingling his bawble and passing some quaint jest upon the chance of making his master smile.