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    Smile thrilled to bits

    Does anyone know where this idiom come from? Why "to bits"? Thanks

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    Re: thrilled to bits

    Thrill comes from Anglo-Saxon thyrlian to pierce, and I believe that to bits means into small pieces.

    From Online Etymology Dictionary
    thrill (v.) ... Meaning "give a shivering, exciting feeling" is first recorded 1592, via metaphoric notion of "pierce with emotion." ...

    Does that help?

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