be frightened out of (one's) wits

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be frightened out of (one's) wits

To be shocked or scared very suddenly and/or 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!
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be frightened (or scared) out of your wits

be extremely frightened.
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By this time of the year, those small wildlife are having or have had their litters of young, only to be frightened out of their wits for two weeks with all that noise and mayhem being served up above them.
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