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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Midsommar's Rotten Tomatoes rating is on par with Hereditary's and buzz reached a fever pitch ahead of its release. Andrea Reiher, refinery29.com, "Hereditary & Midsommar Are Connected — But Not In The Way You're Hoping," 5 July 2019 Brian Snyder, Arizona Republic The Russell Westbrook trade speculation has reached a fever pitch. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Russell Westbrook trade rumors: What the Phoenix Suns could offer Oklahoma City Thunder," 3 July 2019 The debate over a controversial mural had reached a fever pitch. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "School board faces mural dilemma: free speech or racial justice," 2 July 2019 Those fears have reached a fever pitch in the last month, with millions taking to the streets to protest an extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong to send suspected criminals to mainland China for trial. Alice Su, latimes.com, "Protesters march as Hong Kong marks its 1997 handover from British to Chinese rule," 30 June 2019 As the news seemed to reach a fever pitch this week, the U.S. State Department shared some reassuring information with The Washington Post. Rachelle Krygier, Washington Post, "Deaths in Dominican Republic could be ‘mysterious.’ But so far, all signs point to ‘normal.’," 20 June 2019 The financial crisis in Rhode Island’s third-largest city reached a fever pitch Wednesday, a day after the school committee voted to eliminate all school sports programs in order to close a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, "With Warwick schools set to slash sports, officials scramble for a solution," 19 June 2019 Alton Strupp, Louisville Courier Journal College basketball recruiting scandals have brought unprecedented scrutiny to a process that had never been void of flaws, but has seen controversy reach a fever pitch – including criminal prosecutions. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "NCAA recruiting showcases give Bellarmine and WKU a better shot at prospects," 18 June 2019 The atmosphere trackside reached fever pitch as the horses broke from the gate, with almost every punter having put their faith in Dettori and his ride Turgenev. Ben Church, CNN, "Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius win Gold Cup at Royal Ascot," 20 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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