fever pitch(redirected from a 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.
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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.
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A state of extreme excitement. Dating from the mid-nineteenth century, this term alludes to the heat of a fever, or rise in body temperature. For example, “This eloquent orator aroused the crowd to a fever pitch.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer