scared to death


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scared to death

Very severely frightened or worried. Hyperbolically alludes to having been frightened so badly as to have died from it. I was scared to death when I thought I heard footsteps on the staircase when no one else was home. We were scared to death when we woke up to the sound of the howler monkeys. We had no idea what it was coming from. I'm scared to death that the tests are going to come back positive.
See also: death, scare
References in classic literature ?
most scared to death, and cleared the fence and tore into the woods, and was gone.
I woke up along in the night and I was most scared to death.
Kina-Kina's word was law, and he was scared to death.
We've broken out of our pickets, again and again, four hundred and fifty of us, just because a new recruit got to telling tales of whip snakes at home in Australia till we were scared to death of the loose ends of our head-ropes.
You fools will have yourselves scared to death in a minute.
I AM scared to death to even talk about death itself.
com, "My wife is scared to death, grandson scared to death every time they hear a noise.
He told the Today show in the US: "[I was] scared to death about coming back.
My daughter is scared to death in case the dog gets out and attacks someone or one of her dogs.
I was scared to death a lot of times but, thank God, I was never hurt.
Sinjar Was Only the Beginning In one Kurdish village, the Sunni Muslims are not concerned by IS but the Yazidi and Christian residents are scared to death.
Blair asked why, to which Garth responded: "Pretty scared to death 'cause things change… It's a wild ride to be on.
She could remember being scared to death of him, and she could recall an aura of menace in the house when he was there.
No, we must carry on regardless and not be browbeaten into being scared to death by unnecessary "security" measures.
I'm afraid and scared to death of going back to Syria," he said.