Definition of beside oneself in English:

beside oneself

phrase

  • Overcome with worry or anger; distraught.

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