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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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bored to death

Extremely bored, especially to the point of distraction, frustration, or irritation. I was bored to death listening to that lecture this afternoon.
See also: bore, 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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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He would bore you to death. I love him, and he is a dear sweet boy, but really he isn't a bit interesting.
One might bore you to death with a long diatribe about the intricacies of their policy proposals.
By the end, this HBO presentation feels like one of those uncomfortable evenings where you visit a friend, and they bore you to death with images of their ultrasound.
Golfers will tell you there's a world of difference between stroke-play and matchplay but don't listen to a word they say - they'll bore you to death.
There's always a danger that acts who have a certain clutch of songs that no audience will let them leave without playing will try to save the big numbers up for later in the show and bore you to death with the everdreaded 'new album tracks', but Carrack was by no means afraid to launch in with some of the real crowd pleasers.
Friends of mine can bore you to death with Stateside speed figures and the price of fish in Boston, but all we need to know is the value for the Breeders' Cup on November 4.
The reality is that less people are going to the games and the football would bore you to death.
ENERGY minister Malcolm Wicks, a man who can bore you to death at 20 paces, has got the wind up.
It is a world of strip malls, monotonous landscapes and above all, a character played by Nicholson that would bore you to death.
Would you let strangers wander into your flat, drink your booze and bore you to death with inane chat?