fever pitch


Definition of fever pitch

: a state of intense excitement and agitation

Examples of fever pitch in a Sentence

I worked myself up to a fever pitch of enthusiasm. New allegations brought interest in the scandal to a fever pitch. Demand for the new car soon reached fever pitch.
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Recent Examples on the Web Scrutiny over TikTok began to reach a fever pitch in April, when a Reddit user under the handle bangolol posted an analysis—which has since circulated far and wide in the technical community—contending that the TikTok app radically invaded privacy. Dipayan Ghosh, Wired, "India's TikTok Ban Dispels the Myth of the 'China Bogeyman'," 7 July 2020 In 1774, after years of unfair taxation and imperial control, complaints against the British crown had reached a fever pitch in the 13 American colonies. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "America declared independence on July 2—so why is the 4th a holiday?," 2 July 2020 Minutes before our ship pulled away from Ushuaia—a port town at the southernmost point of South America—my grumblings about the Drake Passage reached a fever pitch. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, "A first-person look at sailing through Antarctica amid climate change," 1 July 2020 As the annexation battle has built to a fever pitch in Israel — among activists and politicians, if not the general public — July 1 loomed as a possible Decision Day. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Israel’s Netanyahu still working out West Bank annexation plans," 30 June 2020 PizzaGate is reaching a level that nearly exceeds its 2016 fever pitch, according to an analysis by The New York Times. Sheera Frenkel, BostonGlobe.com, "‘PizzaGate’ conspiracy theory thrives anew in the TikTok era," 27 June 2020 Tensions in Lebanon have reached fever pitch in recent weeks, as its currency continued to tank, stoking riots across the country. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "As the US rolls out new sanctions on Assad, Syria braces for economic devastation," 17 June 2020 Being a Black woman in America has never been easy, but with today's historic civil rights movement hitting a fever pitch, stress is at an all-time high. Erin Parker, Glamour, "How Black Women Are Taking Care of Themselves Right Now," 9 June 2020 But claims about the tech tycoon have reached a fever pitch in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Bill Gates is not planning to microchip the world through a COVID-19 vaccine," 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of fever pitch

1846, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jul 2020

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“Fever pitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fever%20pitch. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fever pitch

: a state of extreme excitement or activity

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