frighten the hell out of

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frighten the hell out of someone

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

 and frighten the pants off someone; frighten the living daylights out of someone; scare the living daylights out of someone; scare the shit out of someone; scare the wits out of someone
to frighten someone badly, suddenly or both. (Use of hell and shit are crude.) These figures frighten the hell out of me. The door blew shut and scared the shit out of me. It takes a lot to scare the pants off a hardened criminal.
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When Lachlan scares Alicia in the shop, David bundles the creepy teen into his car, before carting him off to a barn and attempting to frighten the living daylights out of him.
When Lachlan returns from holiday and scares Alicia in the shop, leaving her trembling with fear, David sees red and bundles the creepy teen into his car, before carting him off to a barn and attempting to frighten the living daylights out of him.
I'm going to frighten the living daylights out of Peter Ridsdale and ask him for four new players now," said Jones.
However, Pardew has challenged the black and white faithful to frighten the living daylights out of flagging Stoke.
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