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bore to death

Also,
bore to tears
or
bore stiff
or
bore the pants off
. Weary someone through extremely dull talk or uninteresting action. For example,
Sam was bored stiff by the opera but didn't dare to admit it
, or
Carol bores the pants off me with her constant talk of remodeling
, or
His books bore me to death
. All four expression convey the idea of such exasperation that one dies, weeps, stiffens with annoyance, or has one's trousers removed. The verb
bore
has been used in this sense only since about 1750, and its etymology is unknown. The amplifications were added between about 1850 and 1950. Also see under
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