give (someone) heart failure

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give (someone) heart failure

To shock, frighten, or upset someone suddenly and to an extreme degree. Often used with "nearly," "almost," or some similar modifier. Adrian almost gave his parents heart failure when he told them he was dropping out of college. You about gave me heart failure, sneaking up on me like that!
See also: failure, give, heart
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He gave them heart failure by pretending to have already headed south and just reached Birmingham, before admitting he was still at Ayr and returning the booty to a mightily relieved racecourse office.