frighten the daylights out of

frighten/scare the (living) daylights out of somebody

to frighten someone very much Don't come up behind me like that. You scared the living daylights out of me!
See also: daylight, frighten, of, out
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Standing in England's way will be the formidable Rustu Recber who must frighten the daylights out of forwards.
He said of Cablelink's tactics: " The cable company seem to want to frighten the daylights out of people.
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