scare the hell out of (one)

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scare the hell out of (one)

To shock or frighten one very suddenly and/or severely. Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared the hell out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the hell out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
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scare, annoy, etc. the ˈhell out of somebody

(informal) scare, annoy, etc. somebody very much: The sight of a man with a gun scared the hell out of her.Louise suddenly surprised the hell out of us by announcing that she was pregnant!
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scare the hell out of someone

tv. to frighten someone badly. (Use caution with hell.) The door blew shut and scared the hell out of me.
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The mother, who does not want to be named, said the man then told her son to "get in the car as he was going his way", before "taking his seatbelt off and scaring the hell out of him".
Claude moves out of the boardroom and back to what he does best - scaring the hell out of the final five and picking holes in their creative CVs.
be edited published at the discretion When the PM and his government are intent on taking our country to war the process need only take a fortnight, or in the case of the Iraq War by scaring the hell out of MPs promising Armageddon and destruction, for military action was virtually instantaneous
He shot up out of the water like a nuclear submarine surfacing at top speed about four or five feet from me, scaring the hell out of me and covering me with muck.
Secondly, them boyos must be scaring the hell out of Prince Harry.
It's going to be difficult to field a message that's going to be effective because they're already scaring the hell out of blacks and Hispanics," he says.
And yet we're scaring the hell out of thousands and thousands of our kids.
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