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bore (one) to death

To cause one to be extremely bored, to the point of distraction, frustration, or irritation. Today's lecture bored me to death.
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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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HBO's Bored to Death will feature LGBT story lines throughout its second season, including private detective Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) taking on a transgender case.
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everyone has been saying how can they enjoy themselves, they should be bored to death doing this.
Duncan is bored to death working in the Toronto subway's lost-and-found department way below street level until he finds a little brown book that turns out to be the diary of a potential serial killer.
Canadian quads were either bored to death or too rambunctious to sit on basketball benches or as spectators.
Granted, he risked being bored to death, but that is not my point here.
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Hacks come to Washington because anywhere else they'd be bored to death.
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They were bored stiff but, alas, not bored to death -- because that was indeed what they wanted most of all," Borst said.
The next time someone tells you they're bored to death," says Alan Caruba, the institute's founder, "take it seriously.
Before everyone is bored to death with it all, it's at least semi-interesting to speculate on who's likely to be the next chief executive.