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dying for

This page is about the phrasal verb dying for.

Meaning: If you're dying for something, you really feel like it or you want it very much.

For example:

  • dying for sth I'm dying for a cup of tea. Let's have a break and I'll make one.

  • dying for sth After working non-stop for a month, Charles said he was dying for a day off so he could stay home and do nothing.

Note: This phrasal verb is always used in the progressive or continuous tense. For example, we cannot say "I always die for a cup of tea in the afternoon." We have to say "I'm always dying for a cup of tea in the afternoon." And we cannot say "I died to see you." We have to say "I was dying to see you."

Quick Quiz:

Sally says she's dying for a massage. She

a. hates being massaged

b. will die unless she's massaged

c. really wants a massage

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