beside (oneself)

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beside (oneself)

Very shocked or distraught. I was beside myself when I found out I'd been rejected from my first-choice school. Honestly, we've all been beside ourselves since the funeral.
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beside oneself (with something)

Fig. in an extreme state of some emotion. I was beside myself with joy. Sarah could not speak. She was beside herself with anger.
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beside oneself

In a state of extreme agitation or excitement, as in She was beside herself when she found she'd lost her ring, or Peter was beside himself with joy-he'd won the poetry award. This phrase appears in the New Testament (Acts 26:24): "Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning makes thee mad." [Late 1400s]
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beside yourself

overcome with worry, grief, or anger; distraught.
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beˈside yourself (with something)

unable to control yourself because of the strength of emotion you are feeling: He was beside himself with rage when he found out what she’d done.
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beside (oneself)

In a state of extreme excitement or agitation: They were beside themselves with glee.
References in classic literature ?
The Birds gave no credence to these warning words, but considered the Owl to be beside herself and said that she was mad.
Cathy is almost beside herself, and we cannot comfort her.
Franklin following, and trying vainly to compose her), quite beside herself with the horror of the thing.
She was nearly beside herself with grief, and roamed round and round the pond calling on her husband without ceasing.
As they left the pavilion, Alexey Alexandrovitch, as always, talked to those he met, and Anna had, as always, to talk and answer; but she was utterly beside herself, and moved hanging on her husband's arm as though in a dream.
I heard excited voices in the kitchen-- grandmother's was so shrill that I knew she must be almost beside herself.
she whispered, almost beside herself, as she sank upon his bosom.
Before they reached the room from which the sounds of the clavichord came, the pretty, fair haired Frenchwoman, Mademoiselle Bourienne, rushed out apparently beside herself with delight.
Sometimes at night she was quite beside herself with the thought, but when she tried to talk of the matter to the members of the theatrical companies that came to Winesburg and stopped at her father's hotel, she got nowhere.
Dorothea took the Moorish lady by the hand and leading her to a seat beside herself, requested her to remove her veil.
Cathy, beside herself, gave the chair a violent push, and caused him to fall against one arm.
The only woman at home now, beside herself, was an elderly person, who acted as cook and housekeeper, and who had been in their service for many years.
Of these Mr Quilp delivered himself with the utmost animation and rapidity, and with so many distortions of limb and feature, that even his wife, although tolerably well accustomed to his proficiency in these respects, was well-nigh beside herself with alarm.
She seemed almost beside herself, and nudged me as hard as she could.
Going about doing good, in pony phaetons,' as somebody says, may succeed in England, but it won't work here," said Fanny, who had begun, lately, to think a good deal of some one beside herself, and so found her interest in her fellow-beings increasing daily.