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 for To be beside one''s self
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beside \Be*side"\, prep. [OE. biside, bisiden, bisides, prep.
     and adv., beside, besides; pref. be- by + side. Cf. Besides,
     and see Side, n.]
     1. At the side of; on one side of. "Beside him hung his bow."
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     2. Aside from; out of the regular course or order of; in a
        state of deviation from; out of.
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              [You] have done enough
              To put him quite beside his patience. --Shak.
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     3. Over and above; distinct from; in addition to.
     Note: [In this use besides is now commoner.]
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                 Wise and learned men beside those whose names are
                 in the Christian records.          --Addison.
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     To be beside one's self, to be out of one's wits or senses.
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              Paul, thou art beside thyself.        --Acts xxvi.
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     Syn: Beside, Besides.
     Usage: These words, whether used as prepositions or adverbs,
            have been considered strictly synonymous, from an
            early period of our literature, and have been freely
            interchanged by our best writers. There is, however, a
            tendency, in present usage, to make the following
            distinction between them: 1. That beside be used only
            and always as a preposition, with the original meaning
            "by the side of; " as, to sit beside a fountain; or
            with the closely allied meaning "aside from", "apart
            from", or "out of"; as, this is beside our present
            purpose; to be beside one's self with joy. The
            adverbial sense to be wholly transferred to the
            cognate word. 2. That besides, as a preposition, take
            the remaining sense "in addition to", as, besides all
            this; besides the considerations here offered. "There
            was a famine in the land besides the first famine."
            --Gen. xxvi. 1. And that it also take the adverbial
            sense of "moreover", "beyond", etc., which had been
            divided between the words; as, besides, there are
            other considerations which belong to this case. The
            following passages may serve to illustrate this use of
            the words:
                  Lovely Thais sits beside thee.    --Dryden.
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                  Only be patient till we have appeased
                  The multitude, beside themselves with fear.
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                  It is beside my present business to enlarge on
                  this speculation.                 --Locke.
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                  Besides this, there are persons in certain
                  situations who are expected to be charitable.
                                                    --Bp. Porteus.
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                  And, besides, the Moor
                  May unfold me to him; there stand I in much
                  peril.                            --Shak.
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                  That man that does not know those things which
                  are of necessity for him to know is but an
                  ignorant man, whatever he may know besides.
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     Note: See Moreover.
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