be beside oneself


be beside oneself
to be wildly excited, mad, out of one's senses

Charles stared about him, almost beside himself. He actually felt tears of rage and humiliation forcing themselves up. (J. Wain)

Stroeve had always been excitable, but now he was beside himself; there was no reasoning with him. (W. S. Maugham)

So you can imagine how embarrassing it all is. I'm simply beside myself. (I. Murdoch)

Sterner was beside himself with fear. He broke into a cold sweat when he saw the announcement... (Th. Dreiser)


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  • beside oneself — ► beside oneself distraught. Main Entry: ↑beside …   English terms dictionary

  • beside oneself — index ecstatic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • beside oneself — [adj] very upset berserk, crazed, delirious, demented, distraught, frantic, frenetic, insane, mad, unbalanced, unhinged; concepts 403,485,570 …   New thesaurus

  • beside oneself — DISTRAUGHT, overcome, out of one s mind, frantic, desperate, distracted, at one s wits end, frenzied, wound up, worked up; hysterical, unhinged, mad, crazed, berserk, demented. → beside * * * phrasal : carried out of oneself (as through extreme… …   Useful english dictionary

  • beside oneself — {adj. phr.} Very much excited; somewhat crazy. * /She was beside herself with fear./ * /He was beside himself, he was so angry./ * /When his wife heard of his death, she was beside herself./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beside oneself — {adj. phr.} Very much excited; somewhat crazy. * /She was beside herself with fear./ * /He was beside himself, he was so angry./ * /When his wife heard of his death, she was beside herself./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beside\ oneself — adj. phr. Very much excited; somewhat crazy. She was beside herself with fear. He was beside himself, he was so angry. When his wife heard of his death, she was beside herself …   Словарь американских идиом

  • beside oneself — adjective Overcome; consumed by an emotion. His widow was beside herself with grief …   Wiktionary

  • beside oneself — she was beside herself with worry Syn: distraught, overcome, out of one s mind, frantic, desperate, distracted, at one s wits end, frenzied, wound up, worked up; hysterical, unhinged, mad, crazed …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • beside oneself — phrasal in a state of extreme excitement …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • beside oneself — in a state of extreme excitement, out of one s senses due to strong emotion …   English contemporary dictionary