bore (one) to death

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bore (one) to death

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

Also, bore to tears or bore stiff or bore the pants off. Weary someone through extremely dull talk or uninteresting action. For example, Sam was bored stiff by the opera but didn't dare to admit it, or Carol bores the pants off me with her constant talk of remodeling, or His books bore me to death. All four expression convey the idea of such exasperation that one dies, weeps, stiffens with annoyance, or has one's trousers removed. The verb bore has been used in this sense only since about 1750, and its etymology is unknown. The amplifications were added between about 1850 and 1950. Also see under pants off; talk one's arm off.
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To win it conclusively we have to bore them to death.
After a long day at work, the last thing we wanted was to cram everyone into a room and bore them to death.
I am not going to put 10 or 11 men behind the ball and try to bore them to death.
The sort who latch on to a stranger and bore them to death with their life story, telling them the same tale again and again.
I was convinced he was going to bore them to death and it would all be over in a matter of minutes.