To an extreme or intolerable degree, as in I am tired to death of these fund-raising phone calls, or That movie just thrilled me to death. This hyperbolic phrase is used as an intensifier. Also see sick and tired; tired out. [c. 1300]
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How to use to death in a sentence
The Great Gatsby is one of those taught-to-death novels in America, due in part to its critique of the American Dream.
And let us make up our minds to have no slow bleeding-to-death of our friendship.The Second Mrs. Tanqueray | Sir Arthur Wing Pinero
We are worried to-death about her; and yet we are afraid to say one word in her hearing.Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters | May Agnes Fleming
Why, along whisked an auto, and the lady with the scared-to-death-hair looked at me.Dorothy Dale's Camping Days | Margaret Penrose
Do not have too much clay behind it, or it will have a bulging, overfed, or choked-to-death expression.Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting | William T. Hornaday
Dutch courage ain't on the same shelf with real courage, but it's a durned sight better than scart-to-death in a rumpus.Plain Mary Smith | Henry Wallace Phillips