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

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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.
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He gave away a stone and half to Cassius Clay at Wembley in 1963 but still gave him the fright of his life, flooring the Greatest with that famous left hook known as 'Enry's 'ammer at the end of the fourth round.
There were suggestions yesterday that it was the outrage that greeted his pay package that set Mr O'Neill's heart beating irregularly - or, disturbingly, something he glimpsed within Barclays that gave him the fright of his life.
Henrietta Knight's title-holder duly racked up his hat-trick, but Sir Rembrandt gave him the fright of his life along the way, making Best Mate fight all the way to the line for a half-length victory.