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thrill to pieces

Also, thrill to death . Give great pleasure, delight, as in I was just thrilled to pieces with our new grandson , or He was thrilled to death when he first saw the Himalayas . Both of these hyperbolic terms use thrill in the sense of “affect with sudden emotion,” a usage dating from the late 1500s. Also see tickled pink
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