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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The acrimony over Brexit, which has reached fever pitch as deadlines come and go while politicians squabble, is affecting the mental wellbeing of people from Belfast to Brighton. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Brexhaustion: Long, grinding Brexit is stressing people out," 12 Apr. 2019 The panel dates back to the 18th-century, when Chinoiserie reached its fever pitch in Western Europe, but for some (yours truly included) the craze never died down. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Oldies but Goodies: The 10 Standout Antiques from The Winter Show," 18 Jan. 2019 In recent days, British political debate over Brexit has reached fever pitch. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Brexit Deal Hangs in Balance as May Braces for Defeat in Crucial Vote," 15 Jan. 2019 Between mid-2015 and mid-2016, as the 2016 presidential campaign reached a fever pitch, more than 800 journalists received a staggering 19,000 anti-Semitic messages on Twitter. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting comes amid a years-long rise in anti-Semitism," 27 Oct. 2018 But other investors’ anxieties have already reached a fever pitch, as the swiftness of this week’s pullback has rekindled fears of the 2008 financial crisis and the dot-com bubble in 2000. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Slump on Tech Worries," 26 Oct. 2018 The craze for exoticism in the decorative arts reached a fever pitch; textiles were littered with pagodas and conical hats catering to growing tastes for Japonism. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "This Textile Has Been All Over Vogue—Here’s Where It Came From," 1 June 2018 The Florida shooting left 17 people dead and reignited America’s gun control debate to a fever pitch, with students across the nation leading anti-gun walkouts and protests, including March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Alana Abramson, Time, "The NRA's Wayne LaPierre and Trump Are Using the Same Playbook to Respond to Parkland," 22 Feb. 2018 The verbal attacks against liberal billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who is Jewish, and whose political against activities have become the subject of a number of far-right conspiracy theories, have hit a fever pitch. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting comes amid a years-long rise in anti-Semitism," 27 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of fever pitch

1846, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fever pitch

: a state of extreme excitement or activity

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a strong desire or propensity

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