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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.
See also: hell, of, out, scare

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!
See also: hell, of, out, somebody
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Her followers, however, consoled her and said she was not really annoying and her brand of comedy is actually funny.
One said: "This JoJo Siwa is THE MOST annoying person I've ever seen in my life."
It probably comes as no surprise that the ads designed to attract or derail attention were deemed by users to be the most annoying. But it's worth noting that animated ads were almost always rated more annoying than static ones.
"Part of the recipe for what makes something annoying seems to be its level of unpredictability," the authors write.
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MYlate fatherwarnedmethat I had an annoying smirkwhich might one day get me into trouble.
Summary: You probably spend more time with them than with your spouse or kids, so what do you do if you're stuck with one of these "most annoying" colleagues?
As he rummaged in his toy box, he repeated contentedly to himself: "It's f***ing annoying." I would have been horrified and outraged if I hadn't realised, almost immediately, that he got the fruity phrase from me.
Nearly 50 percent of Americans say that "whatever" is the word or phrase they find most annoying in conversation, according to a port by the Marist Institute.
Summary: A 10-year-old British girl has been barred from trying to sell her granny on eBay, who she complained was "cuddly" but "annoying," the auction website said Wednesday.
IN DECEMBER the Brighton, Michigan, City Council managed to simultaneously approve and violate a ban on being annoying in public.
Robert Kilroy-Silk paid the price for being annoying AND boring - not a good mixture for a reality TV show.
There's good news for motorists, because there's now a website that could pay off your annoying parking fines.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas that wasn't spoiled by annoying messages about how to cook turkey, eating healthily at Christmas (as if!) and drinking "responsibly."
I wanted practical advice and examples of how to handle difficult and annoying people.