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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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