bore (one) to tears(redirected from bore someone to tears)
bore (one) to tears
To bore one to the point of distraction, frustration, or irritation. The professor bored the whole class to tears. Politics just bores me to tears.
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bore somebody to ˈtears,
bore somebody ˈstiff,
bore somebody out of their ˈmind(informal) (often used in the passive) bore somebody very much: He bored me to tears with stories about his childhood. ♢ After listening to the speech for three hours I was bored stiff.
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bore to death/tears, to
To be extremely tedious or dull. The literature abounds with epigrams concerning bores. Both of these clichés for being exceedingly boring allegedly date from the nineteenth century and are much duller than, for example, “Society is now one polished horde, formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored” (Byron, Don Juan), or “Bore, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen” (Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary).
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer