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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 ?
Heidegger and all his foul guests were sometimes thought to be a little beside themselves,--as is not unfrequently the case with old people, when worried either by present troubles or woful recollections.
Every month they commemorate the assumption of the Virgin Mary, and are of opinion that no Christians beside themselves have a true sense of the greatness of the mother of God, or pay her the honours that are due to her.
What fainting there was, what laughing, what crying, what sobbing, what smiling, how much questioning, no answering, all talking together, all beside themselves with joy; what kissing, congratulating, embracing, shaking of hands, and falling into all these raptures, over and over and over again; no language can describe.
I told you to fire the bridge, and now someone has gone and blundered; they are all beside themselves over there and one can't make anything out.
They showed me out with bows and every kind of respect; they seemed quite beside themselves.
They were beside themselves with alarm when they heard of his "running away" to-day, ill and, as they understood from her story, delirious
Others are beside themselves with 'egg-citement' while those who have tried it are torn over whether it actually tastes like Creme Egg.
The Warriors (5-5) had to be beside themselves after letting two big leads get away and outplaying Prospect most of the game, especially through the tense final moments of regulation.
Joel Coronel, did these supposed men of the law, and scions of respectable families, express remorse for their grievous actions-or even sympathy to Castillo's parents, who by this time were beside themselves with grief at their son's fate.
Retail manager Fleur, 43, who lives near the tower and also has eight-year-old twins Ruby and Olive with husband Ben, said: "The kids are absolutely beside themselves.
Members of high society are beside themselves with joy and anticipation ahead of the wedding of Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
The firefighters were lovely and beside themselves with excitement as they said they hadn't been at a birth before but, bless them, they weren't up to speed with what you do, so they were all flapping.
THE BBC, Sky News and CH4 are beside themselves with delight because the EU has said that the 27 are united against the UK, and we must pay them PS50bn, guarantee EU citizen rights, cave on Gibraltar and keep an open border in Northern Ireland.
And given all the furore over the Melania joke, Versace must be beside themselves.
They will be beside themselves and they will go completely bonkers I am doing it - they don't know yet" Broadcaster Danny Baker who is participating in I'm A Celebrity .