dying to

Meaning(s)

1. very eager to do or have something

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Professional

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dying to see/hear/have something

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To be 'dying to' do something is a colloquial way of saying you are very eager to do something or are very excited about something. This is an informal phrase used in spoken English.

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  1. Paula is due back from her business trip this afternoon. I'm dying to see her and hear how everything went.
  2. After having a long swim in the pool, Kate was dying for something to eat. She was starving!

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  1. I am dying to meet you at the conference. I have been following your work for years.
  2. There has been a lot of excitement about this research and we are all dying to hear about it and the practical applications of it to our work.

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