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burst with excitement

To be so filled up with enthusiasm as to be unable to contain it. I am just bursting with excitement about our new house and can't wait to move in!
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ripple of excitement

1. A subtle thrill of excitement that one feels throughout one's body. I felt a ripple of excitement at the thought of seeing Susan again after all these years. Ripples of excitement kept fluttering through her as she waited for the plane to take off.
2. A low murmur or series of murmurs of excitement that travels through a group of people. A ripple of excitement went through the auditorium as the principal announced that the talent show would have a $500 cash prize this year. The news sent ripples of excitement around the office.
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burst with excitement

Fig. to have a strong feeling of excitement. Joe was just bursting with excitement because of his triumph. The new toys had the children all bursting with excitement.
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ripple of excitement

a series of quiet but excited murmurs. A ripple of excitement spread through the crowd. As the president came near, a ripple of excitement indicated that people could really see him.
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References in classic literature ?
I call him, and think him the noblest of poets, not because the impressions he produces are at all times the most profound-- not because the poetical excitement which he induces is at all times the most intense--but because it is at all times the most ethereal--in other words, the most elevating and most pure.
It has been my purpose to suggest that, while this principle itself is strictly and simply the Human Aspiration for Supernal Beauty, the manifestation of the Principle is always found in an elevating excitement of the soul, quite independent of that passion which is the intoxication of the Heart, or of that truth which is the satisfaction of the Reason.
One day during the prevalence of the excitement Saylor presented himself at the office of the Commercial for orders.
'And I tell you I won't give it!' retorted she, pacing the room in a state of strong excitement, with her hands clasped tightly together, breathing short, and flashing fires of indignation from her eyes.
She leant against one end of the chimney-piece, opposite that near which I was standing, with her chin resting on her closed hand, her eyes - no longer burning with anger, but gleaming with restless excitement - sometimes glancing at me while I spoke, then coursing the opposite wall, or fixed upon the carpet.
And I shouldn't be surprised if we had a little excitement very soon."
The excitement came back upon her like a remittent fever.
Arobin," she complained, "I'm greatly upset by the excitement of the afternoon; I'm not myself.
Rebecca's mood had passed from that of excitement into a sort of exaltation, and when the first bell rang through the corridors announcing that in five minutes the class would proceed in a body to the church for the exercises, she stood motionless and speechless at the window with her hand on her heart.
The nervous excitement of which we speak pursued Valentine even in her sleep, or rather in that state of somnolence which succeeded her waking hours; it was then, in the silence of night, in the dim light shed from the alabaster lamp on the chimney-piece, that she saw the shadows pass and repass which hover over the bed of sickness, and fan the fever with their trembling wings.
The clamour of voices from Tattersall's subsided, and in its place rose the buzz of excitement from the stands, the murmur of many voices gradually growing in volume.
Tulliver mounted his horse to go home, and describe the memorable things that had been said and done, to "poor Bessy and the little wench." The air of excitement that hung about him was but faintly due to good cheer or any stimulus but the potent wine of triumphant joy.
Shaking with excitement, he craned his body across the wall and read: