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Dear Ted:

Does the expression "to go mad to do something" exist?

If so, what does it mean?

Would you please give me some examples of how to use it correctly?

Also, is its meaning similar to "to go at any lenghts to do something"?

Thank you very much for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Does the expression "to go mad to do something" exist?

*** I have never heard it.  I tried "googling" for the phrase and found nothing significant.

If so, what does it mean?

Would you please give me some examples of how to use it correctly?

Also, is its meaning similar to "to go at any lenghts to do something"?

*** I think that your "go mad" phrase is actually "to go at any lengths."

Also, some people are OBSESSED to do things.  Obsession is a form of madness.

Another example is "driven to do something."  If the person is "driven,"  it means that some
outside or imagined force is doing the "driving."  That is another synonym for "to go mad."

Ted

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