frighten the pants off (of) (one)

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frighten the pants off (of) (one)

To shock or frighten one very suddenly or severely. Don't sneak up on me like that—you frightened the pants off of me! The sound of the fire alarm at three in the morning frightened the pants off of me.
See also: frighten, off, pant
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Let's fill the place next Saturday and frighten the hell out of QPR.
GARY ANDERSON wants to frighten the hell of out his Blackpool rivals - just like his oche idol Jocky Wilson.
Internally, they present oppression, murder and suppression to frighten the hell out of [their people]," Giuliani said, citing Amnesty International figures that showed executions had risen to 680 last year.
These little ones, when you've got punters right up your nostrils, frighten the hell out of me.
The horror sensation of the decade, Paranormal Activity is now set to frighten the hell out of the British public in their own homes.
He is trying to justify his persistence in this matter by stating 30-odd cases are at present under investigation, numerous terrorists are roaming the country, and posing numerous 'what if' situations to scare his backbenchers into line, and frighten the hell out of the rest of us.
I haven't become a bad player overnight, that's what I've told myself, and if I'm direct and use my attributes then I know I am going to frighten the hell out of defenders.
He adds: "Most of the players are household names like Juan Sebastian Veron, Hernan Crespo, Ariel Ortega, Gabriel Batistuta and Roberto Ayala - and that's enough to frighten the hell out of our opponents before we've even kicked a ball.
The Criminal Assets Bureau may frighten the hell out of a lot of people.
And Tubridy admitted he is very excited about his new job though he added: "What I bring to the show will please some people and frighten the hell out of others.
And Ma Murphy continued to frighten the hell out of us.
Other pop groups used to frighten the hell out of me but it's nice having the lads around, they are really nice and we laugh more off stage than we do on.
But they opted for June because they were afraid Nicolas Sarkozy would mention his plans for a new European army and frighten the hell out of the electorate who don't want their sons and daughters fighting in foreign wars.
He chased some really huge scary guy with abaseballbat and was able to frighten the hell out of him.
ticking bombs" conjured up by Dubya, like spirits from the deep, to frighten the hell out of America and give those generals carte blanche to do what they want.
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