barking mad


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barking mad

A popular British term for insanity. The origin of the phrase is unclear, but reference to rabid dogs is the most likely source given the numerous examples of ‘barking like a mad dog’ in print as far back as 1867.
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Tina Young, of Guyzance, won the Microbusiness Franchisee of the Year award at the British Franchise Association HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards for her dog care business Barking Mad and then triumphed over five other category winners to take the overall winner title.
I was just typing this, the next line coming up being "it is barking mad to close down the last of the Yorkshire coalfield - on the grounds of it not being economic when we can buy in foreign products cheaper because that leaves us largely dependent on Russian gas and Russia can" It was at that point that an item came up on the Radio 4 news bulletin.
Barking Mad weekends have been designed with owners and pets in mind - with activities including doggy whodunnit evenings.
Barking Mad were overall winners gaining four points in the open category, maintaining their overall lead in the league with 13.
A NEIGHBOUR driven barking mad by the sound of a yapping dog has avoided jail by a whisker.
Dog care company Barking Mad is an alternative to kennels, offering a home from home for pooches while their owners are on holiday.
Call 01789 293455 to enter your pooch into the Barking Mad Dog Show.
The USA'S Barking Mad turned in one of the best performances in the history of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships at this year's event in Porto Cervo, to run away with the series, not once placing below sixth in 10 races.
The runners up are THEY MUST BE BARKING MAD from Mrs Shirley Bick of Kitts Green and 101 DECIBELS
A LOVE rival is about to send River City's Scarlett Adams barking mad.
Bell followed Stoute into the Court 12 witness box, where he was asked questions about two of his horses ridden by Fallon in the summer of 2004, Doctor Hilary, who finished runner-up at Ayr in July, and Barking Mad, who won at Windsor the following month.
SWIMMERS on one of Ireland's top beaches are barking mad because they are being chased by dogs.