be scared witless

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.
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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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Head to Ness where you'll encounter man eating plant horrors, talking trees and strange characters lurking in the garden - you will be scared witless or laugh out loud
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Expect to see man-eating plant horrors, talking trees and strange characters lurking in the garden - you will be scared witless or laugh out loud.
The Abertoir Horror Festival next week is offering fright fans the chance to be scared witless by 25 feature films, including seven UK premieres, cult screenings and classics - plus a host of special guests, talks, live music, theatre and exhibitions.
So, expect to have bitten your nails to the quick and be scared witless by the time the end credits roll.
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