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.
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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.
They are going well, but the thought of going in front of an audition panel again scares the life out of me.
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.
NEW Forres striker Gary Ross was yesterday tipped to wage a reign of terror in the Highlands - because he scares the life out of his mates even in training.
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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A show insider revealed last night: "Duffy doesn't want another encounter with him - he scares the life out of her.
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
And he scares the life out of defenders when he starts running at them.
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