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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HYSTERICS

Think of Mrs M. falling into hysterics about a Captain Hope!

Vice was like hysterics—the more kindness you showed the worse grew the patient!

The great specialist had admitted nerves; hysterics had no standing with him.

The landlady was already in hysterics; the Vogt girls were pale but plucky.

He actually had what in these days we call a fit of hysterics.

If such a thing happened in Scarford the audience would have hysterics.

I didn't want any more faintin' spells or hysterics, either.

Is it for a mere tiff and a fit of hysterics a man is to lose his livelihood?

When she reached Mrs. Horton's room, she sank on a chair in hysterics.

To some hysterics, it is better to say: "You will walk," to others, "You can walk."

WORD ORIGIN

1727, from hysterical. Sometimes in 19c. jocularly folk-etymologized as high-strikes (1838).

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