scare the crap out of (someone)

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scare the crap out of (someone)

vulgar To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. (Hyperbolically alludes to frightening someone so badly as to cause him or her to lose bowel control.) Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared the crap out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the crap out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
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We'd had a ton of rain, and I'm walking along in my neighborhood, and it was the first time I'd seen one--at first I thought it was a snake, scared the crap out of me.
He scared the crap out of me growing up, the way he used to act.
The idea of having to be the supplier of somebody's food, should they be really hungry, scared the crap out of me.
There was a little part of me that felt like I might be able to win it, and that scared the crap out of me.
Anything that had to do with extraterrestrials scared the crap out of me.
Most likely, though, it just scared the crap out of him.
The dance numbers, the singing stuff scared the crap out of me.
The dance numbers, the singing stuff, well it really scared the crap out of me.
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