fever pitch

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fever pitch ‎(uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) Extreme excitement.
    • 2013 November 3, Delme Parfitt, “Cardiff City 1 – 0 Swansea City: Steven Caulker heads Bluebirds to South Wales derby win”, in Wales Online:
      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.