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 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 Although monogramming has been around since the Greco-Roman era, today the craze for personalized merch has hit a fever pitch. Elizabeth Holmes, Glamour, "Why We're Obsessed with Customized Fashion," 3 Aug. 2018 Our collective obsession with true crime stories has reached a fever pitch, as evidenced by the brand-new trailer for Lizzie, the upcoming period thriller based on the infamous Lizzie Borden murders. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart Star in the Thrilling First Trailer for "Lizzie"," 3 Aug. 2018 Speculation about Kelly’s exit hit a fever pitch about a month ago, with Trump openly weighing possible replacements. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump chief of staff says he will stay at Trump’s request," 31 July 2018 Our wig obsession is reaching a fever pitch, and the celeb set is doing little to quell that. Jacqueline Laurean Yates, Allure, "Wig Goals & Lace-Front Holes: How Porsha Williams Cares for Her Epic Wig Collection," 20 Sep. 2018 Anticipation was at fever pitch ahead of the second match of Group E, with Brazil earmarked as one of the clear favourites to go all the way in Russia this summer. SI.com, "Brazil 1-1 Switzerland: Stubborn Swiss Refuse to Back Down as Brazil Disappoint in Rostov," 17 June 2018 The debate over kneeling during the national anthem once again at fever pitch after President Trump cancelled the White House event honoring the Super Bowl Champion, Philadelphia Eagles. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway on Singapore summit, Trump's first 500 days," 10 June 2018 The weather in London was hot and the excitement was bubbling at fever pitch as the world’s media descended on London. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Royal Photographer Chris Jackson Shares What It Was Really Like to Photograph the New Royal Baby," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fever pitch

1846, in the meaning defined above

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: a state of extreme excitement or activity

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to gather or build up little by little

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