To Be beside yourself




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To Be beside yourself : Phrases



Meaning:

Under great emotional stress.


Example:

After being unexpectedly laid off from his job, Robin
was beside himself but was hopeful that his skills would help him get an even better position.


Origin:

The ancient Greeks believed that when a person was under intense pressure, the soul literally left the body and was beside itself.

The word
ecstasy has a similar meaning - its Greek root means to stand out of.





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