to go mental

Idiom Definition

"to go mental"

to become upset or angry or excited to the point of radical or crazy behavior

Idiom Definition - to go mental


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to go mental

After a two year relationship, Steve has told Barbara that he is gay.  Barbara becomes very upset and starts yelling and screaming incoherently at Steve.  She tells him to get out of their apartment and never come back.  Barbara then begins to gather up Steve's possessions and belongings and proceeds to throw them, one by one, out the window of their apartment.  Barbara is crying.

Would you say that Barbara is going mental?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to go mental

You have just finished a telephone call.  The local radio station called you to tell you that you won tickets to see a concert where your absolute all-time favorite music group will be performing.  The tickets also include a backstage pass and admission to the after-party.  You have loved this band since you can remember.  You have all their CDs.

Do you suppose that you might go mental with excitement?

to go mental - Usage:


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to go mental - Gerund Form:

Going mental on your boss might cause your boss to fire you.

to go mental - Examples:

1)  I go mental for pepperoni pizza because I like it so much.

2)  You go mental when someone takes your possessions without asking.

3)  He goes mental when his favorite sports team is playing.

4)  She goes mental when there is a big shoe sale.

5)  You (all) go mental when the boss fires you.

6)  We go mental after winning a championship game.

7)  They go mental when they witness violence against women.

8)  I can't see it working here. Also, the Mexican public would go mental if that happened.

9) We don't go mental, we don't want no trouble. We just want a job. 

10)  She will go mental, threaten, emotionally blackmail and pull out all the stops.

11)  They go mental for a few songs as we start off pretty rocky then mellow it out.

12)  My mums dog used to go mental barking and yelping every time mums hairdresser came in.

13)  Just because some kids abuse it and go mental does not mean the rest of society (18+) shouldn't have the right.

14) They shouldn't be going for more than 100 but unfortunately people go mental and bid stupid money and inflate the value. 

15)  I thought that I would go mental being at home with the two lads.

16)  Anyone who thinks you're going mental to knit a sock a day has never seen you go the week before Christmas.

17)  I could still imagine the crowds were there going mental when Mo Farah et al had served up that Super Saturday.

18)  That is one crazy game. It takes literally 20 seconds to start going mental and then it's just a case of hanging on in there.

19)  I get bored to tears. After two weeks off at Christmas I went mental.

20)  Then the question about the proposed benefits cap came up and everything went mental.