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frantic (adj) wild with fear, anger, worry, etc..

When a person is frantic they act in a hurry, because of worry, fear, anger, etc., doing something quickly and actively but not in an organized manner. A person is in a frantic state if they are unable to control their emotions because they are extremely worried or afraid of a situation. There is a frantic struggle for tickets for a show if people are in a hurry or anxious to get the tickets for the show. There is a frantic dash for safety if on seeing something fearful and dangerous, people run for safety. When someone's behavior makes you angry they drive you frantic with anger. A child by its constant crying may drive you frantic, if it worries you.

  • As tongues of flame rose from the building on fire following explosions, people around were frantic with fear and ran for safety.
  • The frantic search for the old file made the office staff throw everything in the office helter-skelter, and as a result the office appeared to be in a big mess.
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