frighten the hell out of (one)

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frighten the hell out of (one)

To shock or frighten one 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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That Jocky moment still makes me laugh - he frightened the hell out of those kids Anderson
Back in 1959 when the Cold War was at its frostiest, a movie called On The Beach frightened the hell out of everyone in the old Empire Cinema on Queen Street.
I went back to the scene three weeks later to see what had happened and it frightened the hell out of me.
HE was known to his devoted dockers as Cap'n Tupper, ale-swigging, fist-fighting, tub-thumping hero who cocked a cheery snook at Cardiff's coal and shipping tycoons and frightened the hell out of the country's politicians.
I never realised I owed so much money until I sat down and worked it out and it frightened the hell out of me.
Well, Ma Murphy frightened the hell out of me more years ago than I care to remember but teachings just as primitive as hers, beliefs just as batty are slipping back into schools.
Right in the middle of the Cold War a film called On The Beach frightened the hell out of everyone who went to the old Empire Cinema on Queen Street because it showed us what might - no, what COULD happen.
When Kucher struck for Ukraine in 60 minutes all that was missing was the famous violin 'scream' that frightened the hell out of everyone while Norman Bates went daft with his knife.
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