be scared witless

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be scared witless

To be very severely frightened or worried. I was scared witless when I thought I heard footsteps on the staircase when no one else was home. We were scared witless when we woke up to the sound of the howler monkeys. We had no idea what it was coming from. I'm scared witless that the tests are going to come back positive.
See also: scare, witless

be scared/bored ˈwitless

(informal) be extremely frightened or bored: Despite his reputation as a tough guy, he admits that he was ‘scared witless’ when he first arrived in New York.
See also: bore, scare, witless
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WE have a Prime Minister and a Chancellor and other big political leaders in Britain who are scared witless.
Because they are scared witless about being given the boot.
There have been dozens of sightings over recent weeks and people are scared witless," the Sun quoted a source at the hospital as saying.
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