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craze

(krāz)
v. crazed, crazing, crazes
v.tr.
To cause to become mentally deranged or obsessed.
v.intr.
To become mentally deranged or obsessed.
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The crazy boy, seeing the food, began to make soft, gurgling noises and stroked his stomach.
At sight of it, the crazy boy began to smack his lips.
I explained that she had affected, out of crazy spite against him, to know what she really did NOT know--that she only wanted to threaten him and aggravate him for speaking to her as he had just spoken--and that my unlucky words gave her just the chance of doing mischief of which she was in search.
Having first spoken in sheer crazy spitefulness against the man who had offended her, she was cunning enough to see that she had seriously frightened him, and sharp enough afterwards to discover that HE was concerned in shutting her up.
And yet, precisely because of these highly rational acts, it was held that John Tarwater was mildly crazy!
"Crazy as a loon," William sneered in open aside to the rest.
His sister's suspicions never entered his head; the housekeeper's conduct (he said) simply proved that she was, what he had always considered her to be, crazy. 'A capital servant, in spite of that drawback,' he remarked; 'and you will see, I shall bring her to her senses.' The impression produced on me was naturally of a very different kind.
The Good Sport said that she was crazy about the English accent.
His story was this: He had been originally nurtured among the crazy society of Neskyeuna Shakers, where he had been a great prophet; in their cracked, secret meetings having several times descended from heaven by the way of a trap-door, announcing the speedy opening of the seventh vial, which he carried in his vest-pocket; but, which, instead of containing gunpowder, was supposed to be charged with laudanum.
"So that the governor got rid of the dangerous and the crazy prisoner at the same time?"
'Was she too crazy to remember that these things really happened?'
"You--you must think me crazy," stammered Anne, trying to recover her self-possession.