scare the life out of (one)

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scare the life out of (one)

To shock or frighten one very suddenly and/or severely. (Hyperbolically alludes to frightening someone so badly as to cause them 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.
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frighten/scare the ˈlife out of somebody

frighten somebody very much: Don’t do that! You scared the life out of me creeping up on me like that!
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I look at Hermione, because she's the same age Ben would have been on that day, and it scares the life out of me.
She said: "I love making cakes but the idea of making bread or pastries scares the life out of me, especially with the judges looking over your shoulder
He scares the life out of opposition defences," said the full-back.
His strength and electrifying pace off the mark scares the life out of teams.
The one thing he has got is an abundance of pace and that scares the life out of defenders.
A huge redevelopment of the whole city centre scares the life out of me because I think all traces of remaining heritage would get obliterated and that would be a crying shame.
The whole thing scares the life out of me," Terry admitted.
I long for some pattern on my living room walls, but the idea of wallpapering scares the life out of me
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They are going well, but the thought of going in front of an audition panel again scares the life out of me.
Strikers are frightened of him once he's caught them and I don't blame them, I wouldn't like to be tackled by him, he scares the life out of you
A show insider revealed last night: "Duffy doesn't want another encounter with him - he scares the life out of her.
And he scares the life out of defenders when he starts running at them.
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