Dying for (something) – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

May 4, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

To be dying for something is to want something very much (especially food or drink).

Informal English. Always continuous.

Examples of use:

1. I’m dying for a cup of coffee.

2. I’m dying for a cup of tea and a biscuit.

3. I’ve had a long day at work. I’m dying for a glass of wine and a soak in a hot bath.

4. He was dying for a cigarette so he went outside.

5. I’ve been on a strict diet for a month and I’m dying for some chocolate!

To be dying to do something is to want to do something very much.


When can we come and visit you? We’re dying to see the new baby.

Practise your English and write a sentence using this phrasal verb.

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