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scare the hell out of (one)

To shock or frighten one very suddenly and/or severely. Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared the hell out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the hell out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
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scare, annoy, etc. the ˈhell out of somebody

(informal) scare, annoy, etc. somebody very much: The sight of a man with a gun scared the hell out of her.Louise suddenly surprised the hell out of us by announcing that she was pregnant!
See also: hell, of, out, somebody
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Basically, if someone files a complaint under the SOX act accusing the president of a public company of wrongdoing and the president believes it was sent to annoy him, the accuser can be thrown in jail for two years under the 'annoy' law.
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Sometimes when my sister annoys me I get really angry and I hit her.
She has stayed friends with his family, too, which annoys me.
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Julie: He has a bit of a temper, but there's nothing that annoys me.
If technology annoys you, I highly recommend shooting it to death.
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What driving behavior of other people annoys you the most?