fever pitch


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

Nearby words

  1. feuilleton,
  2. fev,
  3. fever,
  4. fever blister,
  5. fever heat,
  6. fever therapy,
  7. fever tree,
  8. fever twig,
  9. fevered,
  10. feverfew

Origin of fever pitch

First recorded in 1910–15

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Examples from the Web for fever pitch

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

British Dictionary definitions for fever pitch

fever pitch


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