frighten the life out of someone

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frighten the life out of (one)

To shock or frighten one very suddenly and/or severely. (Hyperbolically alludes to frightening someone so severely as to cause them to die.) Don't sneak up on me like that, you frightened the life out of me! That car accident seems to have frightened the life out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
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frighten the life out of someone

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scare the life out of someone

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If someone or something frightens the life out of you or scares the life out of you, they frighten you very much. It used to frighten the life out of me when they tried to jump on the moving trains. Further tests revealed that I needed major heart surgery. It scared the life out of me.
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Even Matilda with her white skin, wide eyes and a shock of white hair is wonderfully macabre and frightened the life out of me.
And asked what she would say to those responsible, she said: "That they frightened the life out of me.
Of course, the simple answer is that a left-wing candidate named Jeremy Corbyn was elected to the leadership of the Labour Party by the biggest majority ever recorded, which has frightened the life out of the Blairite section of the party.
That frightened the life out of him and I think he minded himself after that.
This, of course does not mention how he has frightened the life out of library staff, who I might add are a dedicated bunch.
Jones said that cancer was a horrible word to hear and it frightened the life out of him, adding that he has faced the biggest and ugliest lads on the football field and been in some nasty bar brawls, but this was his toughest and scariest opponent yet.
It frightened the life out of me and I really got cold feet.
We thought he would make a high-class chaser, but he had a fall which frightened the life out of him and he has been much better back over hurdles.
These massive engines frightened the life out of me, especially when I was shovelling coal into the huge firegrates before they left the depot for mainline work.
She replied that she wasn't, and that he'd frightened the life out of her," said Mr Rogers.
Nafti and Muamba frightened the life out of Scholes and Carrick; Nafti passed well again and in 20 minutes Palacios looked a real prospect, with one driven 50-yard pass that was world class.
When that flame came, it frightened the life out of me.
Ruby walsh guided Hedgehunter to Grand National glory yesterday, then admitted: 'Becher's frightened the life out of me
If only ITV had had the courage to offer the football as a stand-alone channel, they would have frightened the life out of Sky satellite.
The little England striker had frightened the life out of the Geordies all afternoon with his pace and cunning, and he took his tally to 19 for the season.
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