Definition of beside oneself in English:

beside oneself

phrase

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

    ‘she was beside herself with rage’
    • ‘Marion, it was said, beside herself with grief, threw herself from the ramparts of Comlongon Castle in 1570.’
    • ‘Sarah is beside herself with grief, and the British Consulate say they are going to get her home as soon as possible.’
    • ‘We were beside ourselves with rage and grief at the sufferings and humiliation of mankind.’
    • ‘But I certainly wouldn't be beside myself with grief if I had more time to spend on my books and other projects.’
    • ‘Jenny was beside herself with excitement, but also with worry.’
    • ‘Nathaniel looked calm, while her father was beside himself with anger.’
    • ‘Gabe was beside himself with worrying and hoping that Monique wasn't really pregnant.’
    • ‘I'm beside myself with anger over this comic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mother was beside herself with grief and couldn't answer any questions.’
    • ‘‘To say that they are beside themselves with worry would be an understatement,’ he said.’
    • ‘Of course, as you can imagine, all the neighbouring nursery owners (this is a big area for horticulture) were beside themselves with worry.’
    • ‘As you can imagine his wife and children are beside themselves.’
    • ‘In effect, all asylum seekers will be considered bogus until proven otherwise, and refugee charities are understandably beside themselves.’
    • ‘Parents were beginning to arrive here at the gates, absolutely horrified, beside themselves 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.’
    • ‘I was, you know, just beside myself with anger and disappointment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Generals were beside themselves with bottled emotion.’
    • ‘I was beside myself with lots of emotions, but one stood out in particular.’
    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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