scare the shit out of (one)

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scare the shit out of (one)

vulgar slang To shock or frighten one very suddenly and/or severely. (Hyperbolically alludes to frightening someone so badly as to cause them to lose control of their bowels.) Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared the shit out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the shit out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
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scare the ˈshit out of somebody

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scare somebody ˈshitless

(taboo, slang) frighten somebody very much: You scared the shit out of me, creeping around in the dark like that!
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They scared the shit out of the powers-that-be," someone says in "We are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists," and that gleeful sense of anarchic revolution is at the heart of this insurrectionist primer examining such recent new media phenomena as the loose online collective known as Anonymous, 4chan and the Occupy movement.
At first, the rusted and dusted aggregation of bric-a-brac by this local Beat legend scared the shit out of me.
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