Must-Know English Collocations For Emotions

Learn English collocations for Emotions.

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List of collocations for emotions

Must-Know English Collocations For Emotions

In this particular lesson, this advanced English lesson, we’re looking at collocations that describe emotions.

I’ve got a list of 10 collocations describing emotions. I’ll go through them first of all, then I’ll give you an example. Hopefully, a simple example. 

And if you don’t understand it, you’ll come back to me. And I’ll help you out and give you some more examples.

to be (absolutely/totally) gutted

Meaning: really really disappointed


I’m absolutely gutted that I didn’t get that job. My reviews were excellent, but the other guy got the promotion.

something/somebody means the world to me

Meaning: we can’t see how we can exist without them


My family means the world to me and I would do anything for them.

Sarah is the most kind-hearted and giving person I know. Her family means the world to her.

I really love my job, it means the world to me. Without it, I wouldn’t be who I am today.

That holiday travelling around the world meant the world to me. It was the best and most exciting thing I ever did.

Must-Know English Collocations For Emotions

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to be (completely) blown away by sth

Meaning: surprised, overwhelmed, or excited by something


I was completely blown away by the celebrations when I walked into the room. I just didn’t expect it.

totally lose it

Meaning: lose control, start shouting and screaming for (sometimes) no apparent reason


You just won’t believe it! I totally lost it in the coffee shop. I don’t know what came over me.

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to be dying to know something

Meaning: you cannot wait, you’ve got a real sense of urgency to see/hear sth


I’m dying to know what they bought me for Christmas.

I’m dying to know who’s going to get that job.

I’m dying to know when that new movie comes out. I really, really want to see it, the other two were excellent.

I’m going to meet Beth on Friday and have a look at that ring. She got engaged last week, and I’m dying to see her ring.

to make (such) a fuss

Meaning: pay a lot of attention to something insignificant


I don’t want anybody to make a fuss over me. I don’t really like birthday celebrations.

Wow, he made such a fuss about it. I got the wrong order, I sent it late, but I can get it right.

lose your temper/cool/rag

Meaning: to lose control, start shouting and screaming


I borrowed my father’s car last week and scraped the side of the car. Oh, he lost the rag completely. He started shouting and screaming.

to be beside yourself

Meaning: to be seriously worried about something that’s happening


I’m beside myself with worry about my daughter, I just don’t know how to get through to her anymore.

Must-Know English Collocations For Emotions

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to be bored rigid/stiff

Meaning: extremely unhappy because something is not interesting


I was bored rigid watching that movie. Watching paint dry would be more exciting.

I’m bored stiff listening to him. And I’m not the only one I can see there are people falling asleep.

I think he uses the same speech every year. I’m bored rigid. I can’t wait to get to the bar and have a glass of wine.

(to be) thrilled to bits

Meaning: to be really happy and excited about something


She was thrilled to bits when she passed her exam because really, it means a lot to her.

She was thrilled to bits when she got picked for the hockey team. We haven’t had anybody in the family who’s represented the school before.

Okay, so they’re these collocations describing emotions. I’ll give them to you once more. Pracitse them, see, can you introduce them see, can you use them when you’re describing emotions with yourself or people that you know.

  • to be (absolutely/ totally) gutted
  • something or somebody means the world to you
  • to be completely blown away by something
  • to totally lose
  • to be dying to know
  • to make (such) a fuss about something
  • to lose your temper/cool/rag
  • to be beside yourself
  • to be bored rigid/stiff 
  • thrilled to bits

So all advanced English collocations dealing with emotions.

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