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    Question You'll be the death of me

    Hi. I can see this idiom ("You'll be the death of me") is sometimes used, but what is this exact meaning?

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    Default Re: You'll be the death of me

    You'll cause mischief (which I may come to regret, as it will affect me)

    The mischief can be serious or less so; so the sentence can be jocular or serious.

    Don't say things like that; they make me laugh but I know I shouldn't. You'll be the death of me.

    The melting of the polar ice-caps will be the death of the Inuit way of life.


    In the 'You... me' context the tone is likely to be jocular (though not always: 'You've been asking for more and more money ever since you left home - fifty quid here or there is OK. But 50,000? You'll be the death of me.')

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