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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Speculation swirled to a fever pitch as soon as Oprah Winfrey turned up as a guest at the royal wedding: Had America’s queen landed the first interview with Doria Ragland, the mother of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex? Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "What Exactly Is Going On Between American Royals Doria Ragland and Oprah?," 12 June 2018 Liverpool supporters' celebrations were reaching fever pitch, when Lyon slammed the brakes on, using in a club statement to claim, contrary to reports throughout the media, no deal had been agreed for Fekir. SI.com, "Journalist Reveals When Fekir's Move to Liverpool Will Go Through & Why Lyon Have Denied Reports," 8 June 2018 But the gender, race, and age gaps apparent in politics (and beyond) are quickly climbing to a fever pitch. Brittany Natale, Teen Vogue, "Hannah Zimmerman Is A Freshman at Stanford University — and New York’s Youngest Elected Official," 6 June 2018 Buzz around Ralph & Russo in particular reached a fever pitch on May 1, after the Royal School of Needlework tweeted an image of members of the Ralph & Russo team taking a look at their students’ hand embroidery work. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "Everything We Know About Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress," 7 May 2018 The pure, unadulterated outrage that followed from the American public, churches and advocacy groups reached a fever pitch before the president signed an executive order that ended the separation of families on Wednesday. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "All Your Questions About Trump's Executive Order on Family Separation, Answered," 22 June 2018 But, though the world hadn’t yet agreed on those terms, the conversation about refugees was at a fever pitch; even years after the war’s end, millions remained unsettled. Lily Rothman, Time, "This Was President Truman's Powerful Message on Why the U.S. Should Help Refugees," 20 June 2018 The most severe correction—considered by some to be a bear market—was a 19.9% retreat in April 2011 as fears about Greece and the eurozone reached fever pitch. Rob Curran, WSJ, "Test Your Smarts on...Stock-Market Cycles," 6 May 2018 Inside Marlins Park, an awe-inspiring pursuit of history reached fever pitch. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "In slugfest at Marlins Park, Padres can't overcome home runs by Stanton, Ozuna," 25 Aug. 2017

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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