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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The aim at this stage in the campaign is to scare us silly with claims that the other party plans to put its hands in our pockets.
The Iraqi missiles were more like flying buses and could not carry enough payload as far as Riyadh, so their only objective was to scare us silly.
THE success of the Japanese horror film The Ring prompted more Oriental movie-makers to try to scare us silly.
So it's not surprising that director Roland Emmerich - the guy who brought us massive earthly destruction via aliens in "Independence Day" - would take a little dramatic license in his latest effort to scare us silly.
ERICA LEERHSEN is set to scare us silly this Hallowe'en when she stars in Blair Witch 2: Book Of Shadows, the grisly sequel to last year's box office hit.