scare (someone) silly

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scare (someone) silly

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. (Hyperbolically alludes to frightening someone so severely as to cause him or her to lose his or her mind.) Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared me silly! That car accident seems to have scared Janet silly—she's still shaken by it.
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It's one thing to tell us but to say it in front of the children and scare them silly is shameful," she added.
In this popular series, celebrities have the chance to open up about things that really get on their goat, or scare them silly, and banish then forever to Room 101 - creating their version of George Orwell's famous torture chamber.
Scare them silly with horror stories about the Ethics Commission and term limits.