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to death

1. Literally, fatally. The autopsy shows that the victim was stabbed to death.
2. To an excessive, extreme, or intolerable degree. I feel like we've discussed this topic to death—let's move on. I was scared to death thinking about what might have happened to you.
See also: death

work (someone)/(oneself) to death

To make someone or oneself work too hard or for excessively long hours. I have worked myself to death renovating this house, and I'm glad to say that it has all been worth it. Your working the entire department to death. You need to give them a break or they'll burn out before we get the project off the ground.
See also: death, work

to death

To an extreme or intolerable degree, as in I am tired to death of these fund-raising phone calls, or That movie just thrilled me to death. This hyperbolic phrase is used as an intensifier. Also see sick and tired; tired out. [c. 1300]
See also: death

to death

COMMON You use to death after adjectives such as `scared', `worried', and `bored' to emphasize that someone is very frightened, very worried, or very bored. `I am worried to death,' she wrote to her husband. `Even if something is wrong, why don't you let me know?' She may have been scared to death he would leave her. I've been bored to death since I left the army. Note: You can also say, for example, that something scares or bores you to death. One woman described how she woke up in the morning and the hotel she was staying in was empty, which scared her to death. The meetings bored me to death.
See also: death

to ˈdeath

extremely; very much: to be bored/frightened/scared/worried to deathI’m sick to death of your endless criticism.
See also: death

to death

To an intolerable degree; extremely: worried to death.
See also: death
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The relationship of religious variables to death depression and death anxiety.
Every living being aspires to death by virtue of its most fundamental internal tendency, and the diversity of life, as observed in its multifarious forms, never does anything but reproduce a series of transformations determined in the course of evolution, a series of adventitious detours provoked by any one of a number of traumas or supplementary obstacles: the organism wants not simply to die, but 'to die in its own way.
And then there is the rising tide of public concern that is catalyzing greater scrutiny of these cases and forcing lawmakers and political leaders to move cautiously before they allow someone to be put to death.
The argument--in truth, the sole argument involving political justice-against the death penalty can be formulated as follows: The putting to death of a human being is only justified in the case of legitimate defense.
If DNA evidence can really prove innocence, it can prove guilt as well, and society can be all the more certain that criminals sentenced to death will be guilty.
Just before one dies, Ganges water is often administered and sometimes verses from sacred scriptures relating to death are read or chanted aloud in Sanskrit or English.
9 times as likely to be sentenced to death as white defendants.
The jury found the boy guilty and sentenced him to death.
Dorrucci, Maria and others, "Temporal changes in the rate of progression to death among Italians with known date of HIV seroconversion: Estimates of the population effect of treatment," Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 22:1, 65-70, Sept.
He confessed to the murders and was sentenced to death in 1979.
Although he is not the first person to write about anatomy (Sawday and others) or maimed rites (Woodbridge), he gives the most complete consideration to death as subject.
For example, IRD may include unrealized receivables, installment sales entered into prior to death payable after death, deferred compensation received after death, or the decedent's final paycheck received after his death.
Recent studies have indicated that, in approximately 30 percent of deaths, autopsies may reveal major pathological discrepancies that were not detected or anticipated prior to autopsy and that contributed to death.
In some canyons in the Park, Desert Gold Carpet -- a flower unique to Death Valley, is in bloom.
A jury has recommended that the former handyman - who raped and assaulted more than a dozen women over five years - be formally sentenced to death during a hearing scheduled Thursday in Ventura.