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What's the meaning of the phrase 'All agog'?

Excited, in high spirits; in eager expectation.

What's the origin of the phrase 'All agog'?

Possibly from the French 'en gogues', meaning 'in mirth'. If that is the source, it crossed the English Channel very early. The first reference to 'agog' in English is Nicolas Udall's Apophthegmes of Erasmus, 1542:

"Beeying set agog to thinke all the worlde otemele." [oatmeal]

The first sighting of 'all agog' is in William Cowper's The Diverting History of John Gilpin, 1782:

So three doors off [away] the chaise was stayed,
Where they did all get in;
Six precious souls, and all agog
To dash through thick and thin.