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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 like mad

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mad a. [Compar. Madder superl. Maddest ]
 1. Disordered in intellect; crazy; insane.
 I have heard my grandsire say full oft,
 Extremity of griefs would make men mad.   --Shak.
 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.   --Franklin.
    The mad promise of Cleon was fulfilled.   --Jowett (Thucyd.).
 4. Extravagant; immoderate. “Be mad and merry.” --Shak. “Fetching mad bounds.” --Shak.
 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. [Colloq.]
 7. Having impaired polarity; -- applied to a compass needle. [Colloq.]
 Like mad, like a mad person; in a furious manner; as, to run like mad. --L'Estrange.
 To run mad. (a) To become wild with excitement. (b) 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.” --Dryden.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 like mad
      adv : with great speed or effort or intensity; "drove like crazy";
            "worked like hell to get the job done"; "ran like sin
            for the storm cellar"; "work like thunder"; "fought
            like the devil" [syn: like hell, like crazy, like
            sin, like thunder, like the devil]