bore to death

bore somebody to death

to make someone lose interest completely Herman was bored to death by the stories Arlie told.
See also: bore, death

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 pants off; talk one's arm off.
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But I can't live under this Conservative Government, this Coalition" Comedian Paul O'Grady vows to leave Britain if the Tories are returned to power "I can bore to death any lucky winner on the detail of the Leveson Report" Actor Hugh Grant, a leading figure in the Hacked Off movement, who is being offered as a dinner companion to the winner of a Liberal Democrat raffle "There should be a law establishing 20,000 words as the target length for a book.
The only teams we will beat are the ones we can bore to death with our ineffective possession and tactics.