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fever pitch

a high degree of excitement, as of a gathering of people:
The announcement of victory brought the crowd to fever pitch.
Origin of fever pitch
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Jews were winding up their affairs, Israel was strung to fever pitch.

  • Then, indeed, the noble Spanish blood of the audience is aroused to fever pitch.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • Immediately Mrs. Davis's interest was aroused to fever pitch.

    Lightnin' Frank Bacon
  • Then the bravos have been shouted and the enthusiasm has reached a fever pitch.

    Famous Prima Donnas Lewis Clinton Strang
  • The wines had been heady, and all tempers were at fever pitch.

British Dictionary definitions for fever pitch

fever pitch

a state of intense excitement: things were at fever pitch with the election coming up
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