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fever pitch

a high degree of excitement, as of a gathering of people:
The announcement of victory brought the crowd to fever pitch.
Origin of fever pitch
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mrs Thornton was so enthusiastic in her praise, that she roused our curiosity to fever-pitch.

    The Fortunes of the Farrells Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • He did not mind the hunger so much, but the lack of water caused him severe suffering and fanned his wrath to fever-pitch.

    The Call of the Wild Jack London
  • A few weeks before the advance on Suez, I was in Jaffa, where the enthusiasm and excitement had been at fever-pitch.

    With the Turks in Palestine Alexander Aaronsohn
British Dictionary definitions for fever-pitch

fever pitch

a state of intense excitement: things were at fever pitch with the election coming up
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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