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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Stoke gave them the fright of their lives as they threatened to finish worthy winners, with boss Mark Hughes entitled to a grin of satisfaction for running his former club so close, the report said.
Blagdon Park had to draw on their fighting spirit to keep themselves in the Northumberland League title race after Stocksfield gave them the fright of their lives.
They will also take heart from last season when they took on Rangers in the Scottish Cup and gave them the fright of their lives, drawing 1-1 at Ibrox after taking the lead before going down 2-0 in the Firhill replay.
For the first half an hour they were probably as impressed as I was with the silky skills, the fluent approach work, then the Boro turned up and gave them the fright of their lives.
But mid-table Moldgreen gave them the fright of their lives with an outstanding effort which so nearly brought the ultimate reward.
It was virtually the side that had won the European Cup three years before and went on to reach the European Cup Final again that season and we gave them the fright of their lives.
They came closer than anyone to beating England in the World Cup and gave them the fright of their lives again at Twickenham last season.
Parma finally edged through by an aggregate score of 4-2 but only after Rangers gave them the fright of their lives in the second leg.
They will stand no chance against the might of France if their performance against Slovenia, who gave them the fright of their lives, is anything to go by.
Hamilton had a first-hand look at Hearts last week when Falkirk gave them the fright of their lives in the Scottish Cup.