Definition of beside oneself in English:

beside oneself

phrase

  • Overcome with worry, grief, or anger; distraught.

    ‘she was beside herself with rage’
    • ‘As you can imagine his wife and children are beside themselves.’
    • ‘‘To say that they are beside themselves with worry would be an understatement,’ he said.’
    • ‘Parents were beginning to arrive here at the gates, absolutely horrified, beside themselves with worry.’
    • ‘I was beside myself with lots of emotions, but one stood out in particular.’
    • ‘But I certainly wouldn't be beside myself with grief if I had more time to spend on my books and other projects.’
    • ‘Of course, as you can imagine, all the neighbouring nursery owners (this is a big area for horticulture) were beside themselves with worry.’
    • ‘Jenny was beside herself with excitement, but also with worry.’
    • ‘Their friends and family are beside themselves with worry and grief, and not having any power to do anything to ease the situation is incredibly frustrating.’
    • ‘In effect, all asylum seekers will be considered bogus until proven otherwise, and refugee charities are understandably beside themselves.’
    • ‘The Generals were beside themselves with bottled emotion.’
    • ‘In the picture, she's really overcome with emotion, so beside herself with glee and honor at having won a Golden Globe, that it's all she can do to remain vertical.’
    • ‘I was, you know, just beside myself with anger and disappointment.’
    • ‘Gabe was beside himself with worrying and hoping that Monique wasn't really pregnant.’
    • ‘Marion, it was said, beside herself with grief, threw herself from the ramparts of Comlongon Castle in 1570.’
    • ‘The mother was beside herself with grief and couldn't answer any questions.’
    • ‘We were beside ourselves with rage and grief at the sufferings and humiliation of mankind.’
    • ‘Nathaniel looked calm, while her father was beside himself with anger.’
    • ‘Sarah is beside herself with grief, and the British Consulate say they are going to get her home as soon as possible.’
    • ‘I'm beside myself with anger over this comic.’
    • ‘At a dinner party last week, a middle aged New Zealander was beside himself with grief at the loss of his lovely young live-in girlfriend.’
    distraught, overcome, out of one's mind, frantic, desperate, distracted, not knowing what to do with oneself, at one's wits' end, frenzied, in a frenzy
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