be frightened out of (one's) wits

be frightened out of (one's) wits

To be shocked or scared very suddenly and severely. Hyperbolically alludes to frightening one so severely as to cause them to lose their mind. I was frightened out of my wits when you snuck up on me like that!
See also: frighten, of, out, wit
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be frightened (or scared) out of your wits

be extremely frightened.
See also: frighten, of, out, wit
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