frighten the hell out of

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frighten the hell out of someone

 and frighten the pants off someone; frighten the living daylights out of someone; scare the living daylights out of someone; scare the shit out of someone; scare the wits out of someone
to frighten someone badly, suddenly or both. (Use of hell and shit are crude.) These figures frighten the hell out of me. The door blew shut and scared the shit out of me. It takes a lot to scare the pants off a hardened criminal.
See also: frighten, hell, of, out

frighten/scare the hell out of somebody

  (informal)
to make someone feel very frightened He drives like a madman - frightens the hell out of me.
See also: frighten, hell, of, out
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He added: "I'm looking forward to it but I'm not denying that it will scare the living daylights out of me.
With this phase of the project complete, a whole host of other opportunities to scare the living daylights out of willing 'victims' has arisen.
His pace and dribbling should scare The Living Daylights out of the weakened Uruguayans and we're backing Colombia to win at 1/1 with betbright.
15pm Like so many of King's tales, it's set in Maine, centres on a troubled novelist, and is designed to scare the living daylights out of you.
These Cold War, noisy monstrosities are currently used in Afghanistan, where they scare the living daylights out of innocent men, women and children.
Farmer Mark Edwards and his alter-ego, Giuseppe Savage, have converted two barns into venues, Terror on the Farm and Insanity, destined to scare the living daylights out of visitors.
Or his penchant for spending 20 minutes hiding in the cupboard under the stairs waiting for me to walk past so he can jump out and scare the living daylights out of me.
And you get to scare the living daylights out of perfect strangers.
Craig Lockerbie added: "Although Keane will intimidate the opposition, he will scare the living daylights out of the young players and the senior players will take no notice.
We want to scare the living daylights out of people,'' Kahn said.
STEVEN NAISMITH has called for his team-mates to turn back the clock and scare the living daylights out of the opposition again.
THIS wedding bill would scare the living daylights out of most people.
Imagine a central defensive pairing of him and Bobo Balde it would scare the living daylights out of attackers.
FoRMER James Bond star Timothy Dalton reckons Manchester city will scare the Living Daylights out of their opponents next season.
Monday, BBC1, midnightJUST when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, along comes a sequel to scare the living daylights out of you.
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