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    I am going bats. What does it mean?

    Hello,

    I am writing a BS thesis about idioms and I've come across the phrase: I've got to get out of here, I'm going bats. I feel panic.
    I assume that it means I am going crazy or something similar, but I cannot find a definition of this phrase.
    Can somebody help me to understand what it exactly means and whether it is really an idiom? :)
    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: I am going bats. What does it mean?

    Welcome to the forum.

    Yes, it means crazy or insane.

    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
    bats /bæts/
    adj.
    1. (Slang)
    2. insane;
      crazy.

    You'll also hear 'batty'.

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    #3

    Re: I am going bats. What does it mean?

    You may also hear batsh*t crazy as a slangier form.

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    #4

    Re: I am going bats. What does it mean?

    Also there is:

    bats in the belfry

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    #5

    Re: I am going bats. What does it mean?

    There is, though that can't follow "I'm going ...".

    I'm going bats.
    I'm going batty.
    I've got bats in the belfry.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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