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.
See also: life, of, out, scare
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ADAM Clayton admits he's been scaring the life out of Aitor Karanka.
He seems even more pumped up, scaring the life out of defenders and getting fans out of their seats.
a European location that quite frankly is scaring the life out of me.
John Goodman, above, is scaring the life out of us as creepy millionaire Mr Masterton in this drama about a 1930s jazz group rubbing shoulders with royalty.
We would rather have fewer customers more often who enjoy themselves, than lots of people on one night scaring the life out of everyone.
And they are playing at Munster's home, Thomond Park, a venue known for scaring the life out of today's Canuck outfit, made up of mostly home-based players with a few from England's National League One.
And, as though it had checked a calendar first, it crashed into the front room of Coventry woman Mary Hewitt this month, scaring the life out of both her and her grownup daughter, Marie, aged 24.
ANDY ROBINSON claims England will still have a 'power pack' capable of scaring the life out of the Wallabies this summer.
ANOTHER classic challenge, with Jimmy Osmond scaring the life out of a group of kangaroos by chasing them round trying to rip gold stars off their backsides.
DON'T kids have a knack of scaring the life out of you?
This was also FA Cup football as it should be, with second division Peterborough fighting back from two goals down to draw level, and then scaring the life out of their Premiership visitors from Newcastle before falling at the final hurdle.
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At the risk of spoiling the surprise for the Jags fans - and scaring the life out of the players - I can exclusively reveal a Thistle director was spotted in talks this week with Ann Summers.
I only have to think something and it's in the papers - and that's scaring the life out of me.