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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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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.
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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

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 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 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.
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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.
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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

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

thrills and spills

the excitement of dangerous sports or entertainments, especially as experienced by spectators.
See also: and, spill, thrill

(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

thrill to

v.
To be greatly excited by someone or something: Audiences thrilled to the spectacular performance.
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The sign taught me, as a young mother, that during those times when I wondered if the thrills were fading, I needed to delve deeper into what bravery and strength meant in terms of Christianity.
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1 : a sudden strong feeling especially of excitement or happiness <the thrill of victory> <.
Pleasing an audience, Cobb says, gives him the same thrill one might get from riding one of his attractions.
Ever since the rise of so-called "reality" television shows--particularly those that specialize in the shocking and the bizarre--millions of viewers around the world have been able to sit before their televisions each night for the vicarious thrills provided by daring or disturbing stunts performed by the contestants, while passively wondering to themselves: "who in their right mind would do such a thing?"
Laura Hickey's Mysterious Chills and Thrills will arouse the imaginations of the young adult fiction audience, speaking to six-year-olds and up in language natural to that age group.
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That's especially true if you know an adrenaline junkie who can't experience enough of life's thrills. For that special category of adventure-seeker, you might want to consider a once-in-a-lifetime experience such as race car driving or guiding the controls of a top-of-the-line personal jet.
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Although Que's intense feelings might sound like a drug high, she doesn't get her thrills from drugs.