thrilled to death

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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

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 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
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5. "I'm thrilled to death with life. Life is - the way God has given it to me was just a platter - a golden platter of life laid out there for me.
"People were thrilled to death," said Liz Robbins, executive director of the Garland County Historical Society.
The fact that mine made the top five, I am thrilled to death so there's no pressure.
And I was thrilled to death to be planning a wedding, but it was taken away from me,'' Cheryl Dougan said, sobbing uncontrollably.
"But I was thrilled to death it had set a precedent, which I hope was of some help to other transgender people so that they did not have to go through all that I did." She said of the letter telling her she had won the honour: "I had to read it 10 times before I believed what I was seeing.
"Turning off the television causes me to think, and when I start that vision roaring I have a very tough time getting to sleep" Hollywood star George Clooney, who has trouble sleeping "I am thrilled to death" Stuntman Nik Wallenda on being granted permission to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope "I overheard a woman saying to her husband 'It's that Peter Sutcliffe'.
"We were thrilled to death really, because of the magnitude of entrants and attendees at ASTD conferences, it's actually more likely for someone from another country to be recognized than from the U.S., so it was quite an honor for us," said Paige Westbury, vice president, human performance and development at SC Federal.
"I was thrilled to death," said Susan Mcllvene, one of the leaders of the victims, who calmly questioned Farah from across the table.
Sellers - "Thrilled to Death" (2010), "Passions of the Dead" (2010), "The Baby Thief" (2010) and "The Suicide Effect," thrillers and mysteries set in Eugene.
But after Antiques Roadshow, he was thrilled to death that I did.
Archibald Hart; THRILLED TO DEATH: HOW THE ENDLESS PURSUIT OF PLEASURE IS LEAVING US NUMB; Thomas Nelson (Body Mind & Spirit) $14.99 ISBN: 9780849918520
Ash will appear in the episode, "Thrilled to Death." (ANI)
I can't say he was thrilled to death with it, but he saw enough promise to send me home with editorial instructions on how to shorten it and tell the story of the two sorority sisters, Beth and Laura.
The idea is to just have a big party and I'm thrilled to death.
"We had 75 people there to welcome them home, there was a big line--they were just absolutely thrilled to death."