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(almost) jump out of one's skin

 and nearly jump out of one's skin
Fig. to react strongly to shock or surprise. Oh! You really scared me. I nearly jumped out of my skin. Bill was so startled he almost jumped out of his skin.
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nearly fall off your chair

to be very surprised about something When my mother told me she was getting remarried I nearly fell off my chair.
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nearly jump out of your skin

if you nearly jump out of your skin when something happens, it makes you feel very surprised or shocked I heard a loud bang and nearly jumped out of my skin.
See get on the bandwagon, jump in at the deep end, go through hoops
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To be sure, the steer was generally blind and frantic, and not especially bent on hurting any one; but think of the chances of running upon a knife, while nearly every man had one in his hand
I am going to follow," he said, and his eyes nearly popped out of his head as he shuffled along in the wake of the herd.
He tried to rob me," replied the merchant, "and very nearly choked me.
The concussion nearly capsized her, and with a sickening plunge she hurtled downward through the dark night.
Captain Bonneville remained on Snake River nearly three weeks after the arrival of Matthieu and his party.
They covered nearly the entire surface of one side of the gorge, the lowest of them reaching even to the water.
At noon, to-day, ascended to an elevation of nearly 25,000 feet, by discharging ballast.
Once I stumbled and nearly fell into the well- hole.
Tib has killed one chap; and just after I bought her she nearly killed me.
His keen grey eyes were undimmed, and the only lines upon his face were the lines of iron character and determination that always had been there since first I remembered him, nearly thirty-five years before.
These are nearly the objections which are usually made to a kingly power.
This was still smaller than the other, so cramped that I could scarcely turn round; a narrow single bed at one side took up nearly all the room.
I believe that any man's life will be filled with constant, unexpected encouragements of this kind if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day of his life--that is, tries to make each day reach as nearly as possible the high-water mark of pure, unselfish, useful living.
The mouth of the hole was nearly filled up now, but the kitten gave a leap through the remaining opening and at once scampered up into the air.
Rosa nearly swooned, for Cornelius was designated as a dangerous prisoner, and recommended by the Prince to the especial surveillance of the jailer.