be frightened to death

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be frightened to death

To be very severely scared or worried. Hyperbolically alludes to having been frightened so badly as to have died from it. I was frightened to death when I thought I heard footsteps on the staircase when no one else was home. We were frightened to death when we woke up to the sound of the howler monkeys. We had no idea what it was coming from. I'm frightened to death that the tests are going to come back positive.
See also: death, frighten

be frightened to death

be made very alarmed and fearful. informal
See also: death, frighten
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Craig, 47, whose dad Jack reported his wife missing that evening, said: "I am frightened to death.
Craig, 47, whose dad Jack reported his wife missing that evening, said: "I am frightened to death. She has no clue who she is, where she is or even what her name is.
As a woman working in the UK I am frightened to death that articles like this will be seen as representing my views, thus causing huge resentment towards a group trying to push themselves into the workplace by merit of their sex rather than their capabilities.
"I am frightened to death, I can't sleep at night, it is a terrible worry.
I am frightened to death of Big Fella Thanks, and he rates the main danger to the selection.
Quizzed as to what it reached at the point he was pulling his hair out on the touchlines when City were first, awarded a penalty, and then his own side denied one, he said: "I am frightened to death to put it on on match days because it might go bang - and it certainly might have done today."