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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]
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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.
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to ˈdeath

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

To an intolerable degree; extremely: worried to death.
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And this is why the state, which claims to represent the members of society, as a matter of principle may put to death those members-and only those members-who hav e broken the social contract in the cruelest way: by themselves having killed other citizens.
It is the proabortion/anti-death penalty liberal who is morally inconsistent, since he supports putting to death only the innocent.
6 percent of nonwhite defendants charged with murdering white victims were sentenced to death versus 6.
At a time when capital punishment has become widely accepted for the worst crimes, critics say a strange brew of prosecutorial misconduct, racial bias, and inadequate legal defense is sending innocent people to death row.
He was subsequently sentenced to death for the 1986 stabbing deaths of an elderly Chicago couple.
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.
Why are we suddenly talking about the great racial disparity between those sentenced to death and those receiving a life sentence for the same crime as well as the poor mental health status of so many death row inmates?
A sixty-two-year-old great-grandmother, Bettie (her spelling--not used in virtually all mainstream media reports) had been convicted in 1985 of killing her fifth husband and was sentenced to death row.
Ninety-eight were put to death, the most since states began to dust off the death machinery in 1976.
Freely submitting to death can mean dying in Christ," Bresnahan has written.
While he might not want to utilize a system as complex as the one this reviewer presented in this journal in 1994, some awareness that the rituals of burial were connected to those leading up to death and to the re-integration of survivors into the community after interment would add to understanding those rituals that are the main focus.
Crash, while completely lacking--and deliberately so--the churning-emotional undercurrents of The Sweet Hereafter is also nevertheless, a movie about living with death; but it's less concerned with lives forced to live with death than death as a lifestyle, as the chicly decadent choice of people so burned out on everything else, they've turned to death as the final erotic frontier.
South Dakota has a special inheritance tax class for farm and forest heirs; class 6, with lower marginal rates, applies to heirs not in class 1 or 2 who engaged in business or farming with the decedent for at least 10 out of 15 years prior to death.
That's to say, the overwhelming majority of Californians sentenced to death never actually face the death penalty.