scare the pants off (of) (one)

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scare the pants off (of) (one)

To terrify one. The sound of the fire alarm scared the pants off of me at three in the morning..
See also: off, pant, scare

scare the pants off (of) someone

to frighten someone very badly. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Wow! You nearly scared the pants off me! The explosion scared the pants off of everyone.
See also: off, pant, scare

scare, bore, etc. the ˈpants off somebody

(informal) scare, bore, etc. somebody very much: He would creep up behind people and scare the pants off them.He was clearly boring the pants off his audience.
See also: off, pant, somebody
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If you are looking for a game to scare the pants off of you, then you need to check out the new content for the Resident Evil 7 Biohazard demo.
Ken Moss, Spaceport Manager, said: "Now the alien has finally arrived here, we fully expect it to scare the pants off of our visitors.
Another Beemer pilot is new driver Mark Appleyard, who bought Arto's old 3 Series and has managed to scare the pants off of every one of his friends with his skate-influenced approach to roadway travel.
We are certain it will scare the pants off of everyone.
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