bore stiff(redirected from bore someone to tears)
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bore (one) stiff
To cause one to be extremely bored, to the point of distraction, frustration, or irritation. Today's lecture bored me stiff.
bore someone stiffand bore someone to death; bore someone to tears
Fig. to be exceedingly dull and uninteresting. (Stiff means "dead.") The play bored me stiff. The lecture bored everyone to death.