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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.
See also: bore, tear, to
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bore somebody to ˈtears

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bore somebody ˈstiff

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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.
See also: bore, somebody, tear, to
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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).
See also: bore, death, to
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Maybe then we can pinpoint all the things that bore us to tears, we can avoid them like the plague and instead address ourselves to how we can fulfil our potential - at any time in our lives - so that we are never bored again!
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One spoiled ballot paper - one small, suitably futile blow against the ruling elite; the insuperable centre ground, destined to bore us to tears for a thousand years.
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