scare (someone) silly

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scare (someone) silly

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. (Hyperbolically alludes to frightening someone so severely as to cause him or her to lose his or her mind.) Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared me silly! That car accident seems to have scared Janet silly—she's still shaken by it.
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We think of [King] as a horror author dedicated to scaring us silly, but strip away all the mayhem and you'll find a writer who has a fine handle on humanity.