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give (someone) the fright of (someone's) life

To cause someone an extreme and sudden sensation of shock, surprise, or fear. I didn't see you standing there! You gave me the fright of my life! Seeing the car swerve right in front of her gave Mary the fright of her life.
See also: fright, give, life, of

receive the fright of (one's) life

To experience an extreme and sudden sensation of shock, surprise, or fear. I received the fright of my life when I noticed someone standing right behind me. Mary received the fright of her life as the car ahead of her swerved across traffic.
See also: fright, life, of, receive

get the fright of (one's) life

To experience an extreme and sudden sensation of shock, surprise, or fear. I got the fright of my life when I noticed someone standing right behind me. Mary got the fright of her life as the car ahead of her swerved across traffic.
See also: fright, get, life, of

Burn not your house to fright the mouse away.

Prov. Do not do something drastic when it is not necessary. Ellen: I don't like the shape of my nose; I think I'll have surgery to make it look better. Jane: But you can make your nose look better just by using different makeup. Don't burn your house to fright the mouse away. When someone pointed out a small flaw in Bob's latest painting, Bob wanted to tear the whole painting to shreds. "Now, now, Bob," his friends said, "burn not your house to fright the mouse away."
See also: away, burn, fright, house, mouse, not

stage fright

Acute nervousness when performing or speaking before an audience, as in When John first had to present his findings to the board of directors, stage fright made him stutter . [Second half of 1800s]
See also: fright, stage
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However, I did the child no harm; I did not so much as fright it, for I had a great many tender thoughts about me yet, and did nothing but what, as I may say, mere necessity drove me to.
Chicago Frights is Hobbyists, yard haunters, costume makers, makeup artists and anyone else who simply digs scaring people.
Daytime is filled with family fun, but the nighttime frights are sure to make you scream.
There's frights and jumps aplenty as the thrills spill from the screen, like blood shooting from a main artery, to ensure that you might just be wearing a popcorn wig by the end of this enjoyable crimson-splattered romp.
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com)-- Based in Rancho Cordova, CA, privately owned Night Frights has unveiled a new line of turn-key high-tech 3D projection illusions called “Man-imations[TM]” which bring full-size pose-able mannequins to life for the purpose of providing incredibly realistic characters to Halloween displays and haunted attractions.
22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer Bites, a national blood cancer awareness and education campaign launching on Halloween, announced the nominations for the first annual 2012 Fright Night Awards today - from Robert Pattinson to Lady Gaga - in which fans all around the world can vote for their favorite frights in 21 categories that encompass film, television, celebrity costumes and more.
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PHILADELPHIA -- Haunted Express, Philadelphia's scariest new haunted attraction, announced today that it will hit the road on September 21, 2006 with the launch of its double decker bus tour of Philly's Frights & Sights.
This will be the last weekend to enjoy the park's roller coasters and the fun and frights of HalloWeekends.
Night Of 100 Frights Delivers Stunning Graphics And
At E3, THQ will trot out a variety of titles, from the hotly anticipated Red Faction II, a shoot-'em-up, to more family-oriented fare, such as MX Superfly, a motocross title and Scooby Doo: Night of 100 Frights, licensed from Warner Bros.
TM) Night of 100 Frights for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system will be added this spring to Sony Computer Entertainment America's "Greatest Hits" collection -- one of the first third-party titles based on a kids' license to be included.
From teen screams to royal wrecks to a tart-tongued television hostess, 2001 has offered up a plethora of fashion frights and low-camp vamps.
The following is a list of the frights available at this year's Fright Fest.