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.
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This is where we are probably heading and it frightens the hell out of me.
a) The thought of ruling the world frightens the hell out of me.
He's got everything, pace, ability the lot and he frightens the hell out of defenders.
He adds: "I'm always scared I'm going to turn out like my dad and that frightens the hell out of me.
He's in great form at home and has come out of Ascot really well, but the weather forecast frightens the hell out of me because he must have fast ground.
It certainly frightens the hell out of me and I'm sure it is even more worrying for parents.
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