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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.
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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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