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buck fever

1. Nervous anticipation and excitement felt by a novice or inexperienced hunter when seeing game (not necessarily deer) for the first time. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Calm down, son, and get that buck fever under control or you won't be able to hit the thing!
2. Any feelings of nervous anticipation and excitement felt before a new experience. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I had a bit of buck fever before my first varsity football game.
See also: buck, fever

cabin fever

1. Acute anxiety, restlessness, irritability and/or depression from remaining for too long in an unstimulating and isolated or remote environment, either by oneself or with others (especially when in cramped conditions). We thought taking our family vacation in a tiny cottage out in the country would be a nice break from city life, but we all had pretty bad cabin fever after a few days.
2. Any feeling of boredom or restlessness from being in one place and/or by oneself for too long. I decided to stay home on Friday night, but after a few hours by myself, I started getting cabin fever.
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spring fever

A feeling of often restless excitement or exuberance coinciding with the onset of warmer spring weather. It's hard enough keeping control of a class full of young children throughout the year, but it's particularly difficult once spring fever starts to spread. It's wonderful seeing the city touched by spring fever, coming alive again after the deadening winter.
See also: fever, spring

feed a cold, starve a fever

Antiquated advice that suggests that someone with a cold should eat, while someone with a fever should fast. Most health experts now agree that "starving" is not the right course for either malady. My grandmother always said "feed a cold, starve a fever," but it's best to stay properly nourished even when you have a high temperature.
See also: feed, fever, starve

fever pitch

A state of great excitement or turmoil. The crowd's cheering reached a fever pitch when the band finally appeared on stage. The conflict between those two is going to reach a fever pitch if someone doesn't intervene.
See also: fever, pitch

run a fever

To have a fever. After my toddler was lethargic all day, I begin to worry that she was running a fever.
See also: fever, run

at fever pitch

In a state of great excitement or turmoil. The crowd's cheering was at fever pitch when the band finally appeared on stage.
See also: fever, pitch

blanket fever

A humorous phrase that describes the impulse to stay in bed all day and not do anything as a medical condition. Molly didn't come to her 9 AM class because she said she's not feeling well, but I suspect she's got a case of blanket fever.
See also: blanket, fever

Feed a cold and starve a fever.

Prov. You should feed someone who has a cold, and withhold food from someone who has a fever.; (or, interpreted differently) If you feed someone who has a cold, that will ward off a fever. Jill: I don't feel like going out to lunch with you. I have a cold. Jane: All the more reason you should get something to eat. Feed a cold and starve a fever, you know.
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run a fever and run a temperature

to have a body temperature higher than normal; to have a fever. I ran a fever when I had the flu. The baby is running a temperature and is grouchy.
See also: and, fever, run, temperature

cabin fever

Distress or anxiety caused by prolonged confinement in a small or remote place, as in We've been snowed in for a week and everyone has cabin fever. Originating in the West, this term at first alluded to being penned up in a remote cabin during a long winter but has since been applied more broadly. [Late 1800s]
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run a fever

Also, run a temperature. Suffer from a body temperature higher than normal, as in She was running a fever so I kept her home from school. These idioms use run in the sense of "cause to move," in this case upward. [Early 1900s]
See also: fever, run

fever pitch

COMMON If a situation or a feeling reaches fever pitch, there is a lot of emotion, excitement or activity. Rumors of the love affair hit fever pitch in the past few days after the pair were seen around Sydney. The grief provoked by his assassination has raised tensions in the area to fever pitch.
See also: fever, pitch

at ˈfever pitch

in a state of great excitement or great activity: The audience was at fever pitch. I’ve never seen such excitement at a concert.We’re working at fever pitch to get the hall ready for the concert at eight.
See also: fever, pitch

barrel fever

1. n. drunkenness. She seems to get barrel fever about once a week.
2. n. a hangover. Man, have I ever got barrel fever.
3. n. the delirium tremens. The old man is down with barrel fever again.
See also: barrel, fever

blanket fever

A lumberjack expression for laziness, as if the woodsman had a medical reason for staying in bed instead of working.
See also: blanket, fever
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Dr Fayaz Mahamood, Aster Medical Centre, Jumeirah Lake Tower, says, "Hay fever is very common in warm and sandy regions such as the Middle East, as well as where there is a lot of greenery.
Fever has a specific medical definition; it is not a descriptive term for children that feel warm or have colds.
People with very bad hay fever often find it can disrupt their school or work life as they're reduced to sneezing fits and runny eyes.
There are differing levels of above-average body temperature, ranging from a mild to a severe fever.
Although the fever typically has a short duration, it can be intense and frequent, and cause inflammation.
The hay fever health report claims 32million Britons will be stricken with the allergy by 2030, because nine million more of us will be living in cities, which will be much more polluted.
Southern Brazil states Rio Grande do Sul and Sao Paolo have seen nearly 50 cases of yellow fever with approximately 40% of those infected dying.