be the death of (one)

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be the death of (one)

To be a source of intense aggravation. You'll be the death of me! Please call if you're going to be home late, so I don't worry.
See also: death, of

be the death of

Cause the death of something or someone, as in This comedian is so funny, he'll be the death of me. Although this phrase can be used literally, meaning "to kill someone or something," it has also been used hyperbolically (as in the example) since the late 1500s. Shakespeare used it in 1 Henry IV (2:1): "Since the price of oats rose, it was the death of him."
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be the death of

cause someone's death.
Be the death of is generally used as an exaggerated or humorous way of describing the effects of laughter, embarrassment, boredom, or similar emotions.
1999 Chris Dolan Ascension Day If her mother ever found out that William Grant was in Glasgow, it'd be the death of her.
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be the ˈdeath of somebody

(often humorous) cause somebody a lot of harm or worry: You children are so badly behaved! You’ll be the death of me one day!
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be the death of

To distress or irritate to an intolerable degree.
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