bore (one) stiff

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bore (one) stiff

To cause one to be extremely bored, to the point of distraction, frustration, or irritation. Today's lecture bored me stiff.
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bored stiff

Extremely bored, especially to the point of distraction, frustration, or irritation. I was bored stiff listening to that lecture this afternoon.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bore someone stiff

 and bore someone to death; bore someone to tears
Fig. to be exceedingly dull and uninteresting. (Stiff means "dead.") The play bored me stiff. The lecture bored everyone to death.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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