fever pitch

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fever pitch (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) Extreme excitement
    • 2013, Delme Parfitt in Wales Online, Cardiff City 1 - 0 Swansea City: Steven Caulker heads Bluebirds to South Wales derby win (3 November 2013)
      After all the hype, all the fever pitch build-up, the encounter never really lived up to expectations - as is so often the case with derbies - and the atmosphere was even a little subdued at times.