scared stiff


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scared stiff

Fig. badly frightened. We were scared stiff by the robber. I was scared stiff when the dog growled at me.
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scared stiff

extremely frightened Jill awoke from a dream that left her afraid - scared stiff, in fact.
Etymology: from the idea that you are stiff (unable to bend or change your position) because you are too frightened to move
See also: scare, stiff

scared stiff

mod. frightened; unable to move from fear. The poor little kid stood there—scared stiff. I was scared stiff for hours after the accident.
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References in classic literature ?
And now,' she said, 'having got us scared stiff, what are you going to do about it?
November: As long as you're not scared stiff to speak up, that boy could soon be yours.
I'd never been on a train before, and was scared stiff.
Maria Layton, 43, was scared stiff when confronted with eggs from the Brazilian wandering spider, which were starting to hatch.
Miller said: "Our manager mentioned something about it, but in terms of being scared stiff, well, I don't think we'll be scared at all.
HARRY Potter star Rupert Grint has admitted he was scared stiff of Alan Rickman on the set - even when the cameras were turned off.
Chris and I went over the barrier first and absolutely loved it, but the truly brave people were the ones who were scared stiff and still went over.
I'm scared stiff about being single again after all this time - petrified.
Next day, there were apologies all round but they're still icy and I'm scared stiff that they'll start fighting again at my wedding.
I was scared stiff," said Mr Stretch, now aged 85, from Streetly.
That's because even though prices have fallen, banks are scared stiff of handing out mortgages to practically anyone.
A lot of folk who frequent bingo halls say that if they were to close, they will be forced back into staying at home; scared stiff and literally rotting away because of the lack of companionship.
LOUISE Brady tells me she is scared stiff of purple helmets.