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 After pretty much melting the internet with her British Vogue cover story last week, anticipation for Billie Eilish’s new album, Happier Than Ever, is at fever pitch. Hattie Collins, Vogue, 12 May 2021 In The Heights won’t premiere until June 11, but excitement around the big-screen adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes is already at a fever pitch. The Editors, Town & Country, 11 May 2021 Now, with disputes over the rules governing voting at a fever pitch, the rush to empower poll watchers threatens to inject further tension into elections. BostonGlobe.com, 1 May 2021 Opposition to the plan had by then reached a fever pitch. New York Times, 20 May 2021 During the pandemic, as interactions with strangers have been limited to emergencies and grocery shopping, this has reached a fever pitch. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 13 May 2021 Few Republicans have publicly come to Cheney's defense in recent weeks as the intraparty battle reached a fever pitch. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 10 May 2021 That attention reached a fever pitch in the past year, however, as the pandemic pushed delivery to the forefront and generated consumer urgency about saving their favorite local eateries. Alicia Kelso, Forbes, 5 May 2021 As news of their divorce hit, watercooler speculation in the nonprofit world reached fever pitch. Danielle Stein Chizzik, Town & Country, 5 May 2021

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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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5 Jun 2021

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“Fever pitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fever%20pitch. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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: a state of extreme excitement or activity


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