thrill


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to thrill: cardiac thrill
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

be thrilled to bits

To be ecstatic; to be very pleased and excited. A: "I really hope Mary enjoys her surprise birthday party." B: "I'm sure she'll be thrilled to bits!" I was thrilled to bits to hear that I'd been selected for a literary award in New York City.
See also: bit, thrill

be thrilled to death

To be ecstatic; to be very pleased and excited. A: "I really hope Mary enjoys her surprise birthday party." B: "I'm sure she'll be thrilled to death!" I was thrilled to death to hear that I'd been selected for a literary award in New York City.
See also: death, thrill

be thrilled to pieces

To be ecstatic; to be very pleased and excited. A: "I really hope Mary enjoys her surprise birthday party." B: "I'm sure she'll be thrilled to pieces!" I was thrilled to pieces to hear that I'd been selected for a literary award in New York City.
See also: piece, thrill

be thrilled with (someone or something)

To be filled with a feeling of delight, pride, or satisfaction. I must say, I'm thrilled with the lovely watch Tom got me for Christmas! I've been thrilled with the wonderful reception my new book has received.
See also: thrill

thrill (one) to bits

To cause someone to feel a great deal of excitement, joy, or pleasure. Often used in passive constructions. I have to say, seeing the Eiffel Tower in person thrilled me to bits. A: "I really hope Mary enjoys her surprise birthday party." B: "I'm sure she'll be thrilled to bits!"
See also: bit, thrill

thrill (one) to death

To cause someone to feel a great deal of excitement, joy, or pleasure. Often used in passive constructions. I have to say, seeing the Eiffel Tower in person thrilled me to death. A: "I really hope Mary enjoys her surprise birthday party." B: "I'm sure she'll be thrilled to death!"
See also: death, thrill

thrill (one) to pieces

To cause someone to feel a great deal of excitement, joy, or pleasure. Often used in passive constructions. I have to say, seeing the Eiffel Tower in person thrilled me to pieces. A: "I really hope Mary enjoys her surprise birthday party." B: "I'm sure she'll be thrilled to pieces!"
See also: piece, thrill

thrill (one) with (something)

To cause one to experience a sudden rush of pleasure, delight, or excitement due to something one does, displays, or presents. My uncle Jack was an explorer, and he used to thrill us with his tales of adventure when we were kids. The circus performer thrilled the audience with her death-defying acrobatics.
See also: thrill

thrill at (something)

To experience a sudden rush of pleasure, delight, or excitement upon witnessing or experiencing something. I always get a kick out of the students moving up here from the Sun Belt who thrill at the sight of snow for the first time. The audience thrilled at the death-defying feats of the acrobats.
See also: thrill

thrill killer

One who derives excitement or pleasure from murdering people. I think our suspect is a thrill killer and really enjoys carrying out these violent crimes.
See also: killer, thrill

thrill to (something)

To become greatly excited by or joyful from something. I wanted to thrill to the championship game the way I used to as a kid, but the magic was gone from it for some reason. The television series has found a following among those who thrill to the misdeeds of the rich and powerful.
See also: thrill

thrilled to bits

Ecstatic; very pleased and excited. A: "I really hope Mary enjoyed her surprise birthday party." B: "I'm sure she did; she seemed thrilled to bits!" I was thrilled to bits to hear that I'd been selected for a literary award in New York City.
See also: bit, thrill

thrilled to death

Ecstatic; very pleased and excited. A: "I really hope Mary enjoyed her surprise birthday party." B: "I'm sure she did; she seemed thrilled to death!" I was thrilled to death to hear that I'd been selected for a literary award in New York City.
See also: death, thrill

thrilled to pieces

Ecstatic; very pleased and excited. A: "I really hope Mary enjoyed her surprise birthday party." B: "I'm sure she did; she seemed thrilled to pieces!" I was thrilled to pieces to hear that I'd been selected for a literary award in New York City.
See also: piece, thrill

thrills and spills

The excitement of thrillingly dangerous activities in which the participant may at any moment go from success to failure. He was always a rather reserved person, so it shocked me to learn that he was so into the thrills and spills of white-water rafting. Millions tune in to watch the thrills and spills of stock car racing.
See also: and, spill, thrill
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

thrill at someone or something

to become excited by someone or something. The opera was mystically intoxicating, and the audience thrilled at the tenor lead. We thrilled at the agility of the dancers.
See also: thrill

thrill someone to pieces

 and thrill someone to death; thrill someone to bits
Fig. to please or excite someone very much. John sent flowers to Ann and thrilled her to pieces. Your wonderful comments thrilled me to death.
See also: piece, thrill

thrill someone with something

to create or use something to cause someone much joy. The famous singer thrilled us with a lovely song. Sally was thrilled with the praise heaped upon her daughter.
See also: thrill

thrill to something

to become excited by something; to experience great joy while experiencing something. I always thrill to the sound of a marching band. The crowd thrilled to the sight of the winning team parading down Main Street.
See also: thrill

thrilled to death

 and thrilled to pieces
Fig. very excited; to be very pleased. She was thrilled to death to get the flowers. I'm just thrilled to pieces to have you visit me.
See also: death, thrill
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

thrill to pieces

Also, thrill to death. Give great pleasure, delight, as in I was just thrilled to pieces with our new grandson, or He was thrilled to death when he first saw the Himalayas. Both of these hyperbolic terms use thrill in the sense of "affect with sudden emotion," a usage dating from the late 1500s. Also see tickled pink.
See also: piece, thrill
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.

thrills and spills

the excitement of dangerous sports or entertainments, especially as experienced by spectators.
See also: and, spill, thrill
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

(the) thrills and ˈspills (of something)

(informal) the exciting mixture of sudden successes and difficulties: He loves the thrills and spills of Grand Prix motor racing.
See also: and, spill, thrill
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

thrill to

v.
To be greatly excited by someone or something: Audiences thrilled to the spectacular performance.
See also: thrill
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
We become people alive with the thrill of gospel living.
Thrill Village is not for the faint hearted and rides will drop riders 24 metres from the air, accelerate passengers from zero to 65mph and propel swingers to dizzying heights.
To be one of the first to experience Alton Tower's newest thrill attraction Wicker Man visit www.altontowers.com to secure your ticket.
It's a real thrill to be part of a British Institution."
Furthering improving the mobile experience, MediaTek's Miravision image enhancement - available in Cloudfone's Thrill HD, Thrill Plus and Thrill Access - ensures a crisp and clear display, whether you're viewing a short HD video on your 1080p display or taking snaps on your smartphone's 8-megapixel camera.
"This radical new design (the technical innovation which inspired the [In Development] Thrill Rider Movie and graphic novel Thrill Rider) has the potential to significantly alter the multi-billion dollar Entertainment Industry, but it raises significant ethical questions."
The Vamps, above, opened Drayton Manor |Theme Park's new thrill ride Air Race, yesterday
They are fascinated by it; they are drawn to it like a moth to a flame, scared to death of what they see, but loving the thrill of the rush which keeps them coming back for more.
We've teamed up with Enjoy Staffordshire so that TEN lucky readers can each win a Family Thrill Hopper ticket, worth PS170, giving two adults and two under 12s admission to each of these brilliant attractions!
We've teamed up with Enjoy Staffordshire so that TEN lucky readers can each win a Family Thrill Hopper ticket (rrp PS170), allowing admission for two adults and two under 12s to each of these attractions: Prepare to be thrilled by The Smiler, Alton Towers Resort's brand new ride opening in May, help to defeat Vilgax at Drayton Manor Theme Park with the Ben 10: Ultimate Mission roller coaster, enjoy Alpine adventures at the SnowDome and dive into subtropical pools at WaterWorld.
A joint venture between Reliance Broadcast Network Limited and leading European entertainment network - the RTL Group, BIG RTL Thrill will provide adventure-filled exciting content with Salim-Sulaiman's music complimenting the lineup.
M2 EQUITYBITES-June 23, 2011-AT&T to offer the new LG THRILL 4G phone in stores this summer(C)2011 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.m2.com
TELECOMWORLDWIRE-June 23, 2011-AT&T to offer the new LG THRILL 4G phone in stores this summer(C)1994-2011 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.m2.com