frightened to death

frightened to death

 and scared to death 
1. Lit. frightened to the point of dying. This poor animal has been frightened to death by the attacking dogs.
2. Fig. frightened or anxious. I don't want to go to the dentist today. I'm frightened to death. I'm frightened to death of spiders.
See also: death, frighten
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He could not find Deesa, but he disturbed all the other elephants in the lines, and nearly frightened to death some gypsies in the woods.
I couldn't help it, Dinah; it was the baby's crying made me go--and yet I was frightened to death.
They had managed to obtain places in the King's service, and when they recognised Ferko with his eyes and legs sound and well they were frightened to death, for they feared he would tell the King of their conduct, and that they would be hung.
Some day you will see your own shadow, little Manu, and then you will be frightened to death.
At this momentous crisis, Miss Cheggs proved herself a vigourous and useful ally, for not confining herself to expressing by scornful smiles a contempt for Mr Swiveller's accomplishments, she took every opportunity of whispering into Miss Sophy's ear expressions of condolence and sympathy on her being worried by such a ridiculous creature, declaring that she was frightened to death lest Alick should fall upon, and beat him, in the fulness of his wrath, and entreating Miss Sophy to observe how the eyes of the said Alick gleamed with love and fury; passions, it may be observed, which being too much for his eyes rushed into his nose also, and suffused it with a crimson glow.
Oh, me too," said Penny, frightened to death at Jacob, who had begun to nod and grin at her.
Uncle and nephew have been murdered--the one frightened to death by the very sight of a beast which he thought to be supernatural, the other driven to his end in his wild flight to escape from it.
I do hope and trust I shall not see her, for I should be frightened to death lest I should say anything about her husband.
Any other mortal man, except the very one whom Antaeus had now encountered, would have been half frightened to death by the Giant's ferocious aspect and terrible voice.
Here they joined other parties of the bigger boys, each with a captive or two, some willing to be tossed, some sullen, and some frightened to death.
I don't think the know they frightened to death scout All five are on a summer holiday to Craigshiels Outdoor Centre near Ae village.
Or it could be that she realises you really likes this man and is frightened to death of losing you.
I recently saw an elderly couple standing on a LocKwood Road central reservation near Victoria Court LOOKING frightened to death, having to taKe their life into their hands to cross.
Some people are so worried about their jobs they're frightened to death to take any holiday.
They were frightened to death that we were going to give them to the Russians, because they would have just shot them.
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