scare the shit out of (one)

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scare the shit out of (one)

vulgar slang To shock or frighten one very suddenly and/or severely. (Hyperbolically alludes to frightening someone so badly as to cause them to lose control of their bowels.) Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared the shit out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the shit out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
See also: of, out, scare, shit

scare the ˈshit out of somebody

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scare somebody ˈshitless

(taboo, slang) frighten somebody very much: You scared the shit out of me, creeping around in the dark like that!
See also: of, out, scare, shit, somebody
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The political climate right now is a comedian's wet dream--when it's not scaring the shit out of me as a voting member of society.
Big Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre rolling down Crenshaw, laid back, sipping on gin and juice; NWA launching gangster rap and scaring the shit out of the Feds; Ice T hitting back at the LAPD's racist brutality with "Cop Killer;" rap revolutionary and legend Tupac Shakur reaching out to single-parent moms in the 'hood, while repping thug life and spitting at the paparazzi.
Craig arrived for the press conference by speeding under London's Tower Bridge to the jetty of HMS President, saying: "I'd like to thank the Royal Marines for bringing me in like that - and scaring the shit out of me.
I have never seen Sterling live, but she has always been a badass, drumming with bloody tampons and wearing dresses made of meat to her own record-release parties, scaring the shit out of industry types.
In 1996, Levi's began its hunt for black culture by launching a television advertising campaign featuring young black kids scaring the shit out of Wall Street professionals, asking in the tag line, "Do you fear me?
But there is a lot of fear," he says, "especially when the attorney general is scaring the shit out of people.