fever pitch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fever pitch a state of extreme excitement "the crowd was at fever pitch"
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Idioms

Fever pitch - When a situation has reached fever pitch, people are extremely excited or agitated.
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Usage

In literature:

At sight of them the enthusiasm of the house rose to fever pitch.
"Wonderful Balloon Ascents" by Fulgence Marion
Why should I deny myself the joy of exciting Leach's soul to fever-pitch?
"The Sea-Wolf" by Jack London
As the wanigan neared the sluice through which it must shoot the flood-water, the excitement mounted to fever pitch.
"The Riverman" by Stewart Edward White
The excitement in the room rose to fever pitch.
"After Dark" by Wilkie Collins
The thought of Dorothy raised the girl's state of excitement almost to fever pitch.
"A Girl in Ten Thousand" by L. T. Meade
Then, indeed, the noble Spanish blood of the audience is aroused to fever pitch.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
Everybody who had a gun was resolved to go out the next day, and interest was at a fever pitch.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
The disturbances continued, for tempers had reached fever pitch.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
The camp was at fever pitch with excitement.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Public feeling among the drummer-boys rose to fever pitch and the lives of Jakin and Lew became unenviable.
"Soldier Stories" by Rudyard Kipling
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In news:

Barr Laboratories/Getty Images Three weeks after the Obama administration ruled that employers must provide health insurance that includes birth control, the backlash reached a fever pitch Wednesday.
AUTISM AWARENESS has never been at a more fevered pitch.
The Kitsap Pumas' proverbial roar reached fever pitch Tuesday in Bremerton.
Absentee voting in Georgetown County hit a fever pitch today with the lobby of the Voter Registration Office packed and lines, at times, stretching partially around the building.
With the verbal smackdowns at a fevered pitch - and playoff berths on the line - the Giants-Jets showdown at MetLife Stadium on Saturday has put their fiercely loyal fans on edge.
Violence is reaching a fever pitch in Damascus and its surrounding communities as a school was struck by mortar fire on Tuesday, leaving at least 29 people dead in what the Syrian state news agency alleged was an attack by rebel forces.
We've heard the fevered pitch of school districts crying for more money in the way of overrides to offset "massive budget cuts.".
The furor over the work of replacement officials reached a fevered pitch during Week 3 in the NFL, especially Monday night when Seattle beat Green Bay on a desperation pass that many thought was an interception.
Benjamin Netanyahu's attack on Gaza has stoked a fever pitch of hard-line nationalism.
Sibling rivalries rarely reach fever pitch more than when learning what they will inherit from their next of kin.
It just took a half for Villanova and Saint Joseph 's to take the city's best rivalry to a fever pitch.
As the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa approaches, brand activity around the world's most watched sporting spectacle has reached fever pitch .
Diplomatic distress over Iran's nuclear program is reaching a fever pitch.
Now that we have an official resignation statement from former Rep Anthony Weiner, speculation has reached a fever pitch over who will replace him and just how the election to fill his Brooklyn/Queens seat (NY-9) will be held.
With their credibility on the line and cost-cutting at fever pitch, strategic CIOs are cracking down on "ghost IT.".
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