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 them to lose their 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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JONNY WILKINSON openly admits the prospect of having to quit rugby during his injury hell scared him silly.
I even sneaked through it when he wasn't looking the other day then suddenly appeared behind him and scared him silly.