beside (oneself)

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beside (oneself)

Very shocked or distraught. I was beside myself when I found out I'd been rejected from my first-choice school. Honestly, we've all been beside ourselves since the funeral.
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beside oneself (with something)

Fig. in an extreme state of some emotion. I was beside myself with joy. Sarah could not speak. She was beside herself with anger.
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beside oneself

In a state of extreme agitation or excitement, as in She was beside herself when she found she'd lost her ring, or Peter was beside himself with joy-he'd won the poetry award. This phrase appears in the New Testament (Acts 26:24): "Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning makes thee mad." [Late 1400s]
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beside yourself

overcome with worry, grief, or anger; distraught.
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beˈside yourself (with something)

unable to control yourself because of the strength of emotion you are feeling: He was beside himself with rage when he found out what she’d done.
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beside (oneself)

In a state of extreme excitement or agitation: They were beside themselves with glee.
References in classic literature ?
with the result that, catching a chill, he died, after a short illness, so suddenly and unexpectedly that for a few days we were almost beside ourselves with the shock -- my mother, in particular, lying for a while in such a state of torpor that I had fears for her reason.
With thinking we may be beside ourselves in a sane sense.
For though the celestial rapture falling out of heaven seizes only upon those of tender age, and although a beauty overpowering all analysis or comparison and putting us quite beside ourselves we can seldom see after thirty years, yet the remembrance of these visions outlasts all other remembrances, and is a wreath of flowers on the oldest brows.
To say that we are excited, humbled, and downright beside ourselves would be an understatement
We are beside ourselves as a family and are desperate for news.
The couple's daughter Sylvia, 61, said: "After our mum died, we were beside ourselves with grief.
Linda's selection - We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler - will be discussed on today's show.
It's a funny family story, it's the story of Rosemary Cooke and her lonely childhood, it's the story of sibling love and parental resentment but, above all, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is just a brilliant read.
As mothers and wives, we are responsible for so many people beside ourselves.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler Looking For Alaska, John Green Entry Island, Peter May The One Plus One, Jojo Moyes The Girl With All The Gifts (v.
Scot Gary Hollywood, 34, who plays Dino in the TV show and lm, said: "We're beside ourselves to think our fans have got us to this incredible milestone.
We are beside ourselves with disappointment at where we are and don't believe we should be there with the squad and the investment in the squad we have made," said Jez Moxey on a night when a spend of PS72.
It was not clear to anyone what was wrong with Jake and we were absolutely beside ourselves with worry.
We were just beside ourselves because we knew the bill had died.
One member of his extended family told The People yesterday: "We are all beside ourselves with worry at the moment.