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.
Recent Examples on the Web Five years later, the heated debate over refugees attempting to enter the EU reached a fever pitch following an influx of Syrian refugees. Wired, 4 Aug. 2022 Recession talk reached a fever pitch last week after the federal government said the U.S. economy shrank for a second consecutive quarter. Colin Lodewick, Fortune, 1 Aug. 2022 After months of rising prices and dwindling supplies of food and medicine, discontent in Sri Lanka has reached a fever pitch. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 Now, the discussion around Shein has reached a fever pitch, thanks to a conspiracy theory on TikTok claiming that its workers are slipping notes begging for help in its packages. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2022 Talk of leaving Hong Kong reached a fever pitch this spring as the city experienced its worst outbreak of the pandemic. Anisha Kukreja, NBC News, 5 June 2022 Emotions and suspicions reached a fever pitch when Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher traded salvos. Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 4 June 2022 The fight over control of Boston Public Schools reached a fever pitch this week after the state’s highly critical review identified numerous problem areas. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2022 The topic of Tagovailoa’s arm has reached a fever pitch this week after the Dolphins released video on social media of a long pass from him to wide receiver Tyreek Hill that was meant to highlight the connection. David Furones, Sun Sentinel, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fever pitch

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fever pitch was in 1846

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16 Aug 2022

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“Fever pitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fever%20pitch. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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