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fever pitch

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noun
  1. a high degree of excitement, as of a gathering of people: The announcement of victory brought the crowd to fever pitch.
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Origin of fever pitch

First recorded in 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for fever pitch

Historical Examples

  • He did not mind the hunger so much, but the lack of water caused him severe suffering and fanned his wrath to fever-pitch.

    The Call of the Wild

    Jack London

  • A few weeks before the advance on Suez, I was in Jaffa, where the enthusiasm and excitement had been at fever-pitch.

    With the Turks in Palestine

    Alexander Aaronsohn

  • Mrs Thornton was so enthusiastic in her praise, that she roused our curiosity to fever-pitch.

    The Fortunes of the Farrells

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey


British Dictionary definitions for fever pitch

fever pitch

noun
  1. a state of intense excitementthings were at fever pitch with the election coming up
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