scare the life out of (someone)

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scare the life out of (someone)

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. (Hyperbolically alludes to frightening someone so badly as to cause him or her to die.) Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared the life out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the life out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
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If I was a centre-half, Hatem Ben Arfa would scare the life out of me.
Palace v Swansea tomorrow, 3pm IAN HOLLOWAY has called on Crystal Palace fans to scare the life out of their visitors to Selhurst Park.
IT'S a tricky one because if you blurt out that you really fancy him, you could either scare the life out of him or he might be relieved because he's liked you for ages, too.
But for now we have to focus on Spurs, who scare the life out of me with the quality they have.
ALTHOUGH the possibility of Nick Clegg being perennial Deputy Leader of any Government should scare the life out of anyone remotely supporting Democratic Principles (Clegg sways argument, Your Shout, April 2), particularly given that Clegg has remained resolutely unprincipled during the period before, during and after the General Election 2010, there are greater concerns.
I'm hoping it's going to scare the life out of him, he's only had two fights above 130lbs.
GUARD Blake Shelton insists Scottish Rocks' formidable new home can scare the life out of their rivals.
I have to treat it as a coincidence, otherwise it would scare the life out of me.
Taking care of "Sim" characters is a popular pastime amongst Britain's gamers, but now and again it would be nice to scare the life out of them.
POP geezer Abs would love us all to think he's a bit of a ladies' man -but bossy women scare the life out of the former 5ive star
They used to wake me up every night at 2am to check I was all right - it used to scare the life out of me.
From comments like that, we get a glimpse of what sort of campaign Hahn has planned for the months ahead: An advertising blitz centered around specious fear-mongering and demagoguery intended to scare the life out of people all over town.
If that isn't enough, every night CAFE TU TU TANGO will feature different Halloween performers doing their best to scare the life out of you.
EDEN HAZARD'S shots scare the life out of keeper Tomislav Pacovski - but the Macedonia No.
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