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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

beside (oneself)

In a state of extreme excitement or agitation: They were beside themselves with glee.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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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. I shall never forget the expression of their faces!
They were beside themselves with alarm when they heard of his "running away" to-day, ill and, as they understood from her story, delirious!
So, when the World Cup winner turned up in north London it came as little surprise that Gunners supporters were beside themselves with hope that Khedira would be the club's newest recruit.
His family are now beside themselves having not heard from him since then, saying it is "out of character" for him not to be in touch.
But, while some of her fans were beside themselves with excitement, with many commenting "oh my god!", others smelt an April Fool a mile off.
This week, Erin, Clare, Michelle, Orla and James are beside themselves with excitement as they have tickets to see boyband Take That in Belfast.
THE Mary Berry effect takes it toll on the celebrity guests in this special - they are all beside themselves with excitement and nerves.
Det Insp Wes Knights, from Greater Manchester Police's Major Incident Team, said the victim's family were 'understandably beside themselves.'.
Hale needs no intro and their loyal fans are beside themselves over the group releasing new material.
My kids are beside themselves because Nanny Khan is staying.
Others are beside themselves with 'egg-citement' while those who have tried it are torn over whether it actually tastes like Creme Egg.