scare the hell out of (one)

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scare the hell out of (one)

To shock or frighten one very suddenly and/or severely. Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared the hell out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the hell out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
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scare, annoy, etc. the ˈhell out of somebody

(informal) scare, annoy, etc. somebody very much: The sight of a man with a gun scared the hell out of her.Louise suddenly surprised the hell out of us by announcing that she was pregnant!
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scare the hell out of someone

tv. to frighten someone badly. (Use caution with hell.) The door blew shut and scared the hell out of me.
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Norton said that he had faced tough-as-nails boxers and was even a Marine, but the kids scared the hell out of him and asked really tough questions, adding that he was sweating and never wanted to be put in a room again with a bunch of soon-to-be kid journalists.
It scared the hell out of me, which is why I was so interested in it.
Going really fast on a hill scared the hell out of you?
The spin scared the hell out of me,' admitted Coulthard, who recovered his composure after the 120mph scare at the same corner as Schumacher to almost displace his rival from the top of the time-sheets.
I think it scared the hell out of Les Moonves (of CBS), who was the first one I brought the idea to.
Bentsen probably thought his brief seminar in political economy would reassure devastated Midwesterners and skittish investors; his economic ignorance should have scared the hell out of them instead.
When I saw the graffiti tag, it scared the hell out of me,'' said Mort Symans, a 78-year-old resident.
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