scare the life out of (someone)

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scare the life out of (someone)

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. (Hyperbolically alludes to frightening someone so badly as to cause him or her to die.) Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared the life out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the life out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
See also: life, of, out, scare
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I can't remember who it was against but the gaffer grabbed me and said I'd scared the life out of him pulling everyone all over the show - he didn't want me to get a booking," he told the club's official website.
Within such a short space of time we lost Christopher Lee - the man who scared the life out of me as Dracula - and Ron Moody, who as Fagin WAS my childhood.
Mrs Seddon added: "She said: 'He's scared the life out of me - I'm frightened to return to my own home.
It scared the life out of me getting "Ithe knock at the door this morning.
I then googled the species and what I found scared the life out of me.
Sharron, as celebrity stalker Ursula, scared the life out of a poor young commuter: "You're Peter Andre
Likened to a young Didier Drogba by former Villa manager Ron Atkinson, Benteke has already scared the life out of a series of Premier League markers.
Kenneth Maclean, aged 57, was jailed after a judge told him: "You must have scared the life out of them.
It's quite deep and I heard a crack when I was walking across it (right) and it scared the life out of me.
Ince said: "To be fair to Roy, he probably caught me on the hop because I thought he was going to play a few kids and when I saw his team, it scared the life out of me.
I worked with Brian and, to be fair, he scared the life out of me and you were on your toes all the time.
I got attacked once and it scared the life out of me.
When I teed up here last Thursday and played the first couple of holes it just scared the life out of me," admitted Harrington, who missed the Open at St Andrews last year after the death of his father, Paddy, three days before it started.
You suspect that the Morlock will be to scary for younger viewers - they scared the life out of me.
And the way he has got them has not only been spectacular, it has scared the life out of opponents.
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