be beside (oneself)

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be beside (oneself)

To be very emotional, especially shocked or distraught. I was beside myself when I found out I'd been rejected from my first-choice school. Honestly, we've all been beside ourselves since the funeral.
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Hope's Toluca Lake neighbors were beside themselves with anguish as the news spread through the neighborhood.
Pundits from William Safire to Nina Totenberg to Thomas were beside themselves over Clinton's "going Hollywood" and "being absolutely starstruck," "smitten," as if elites such as themselves are immune from this class-based malady.