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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.
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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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The people stood around them must have been scared witless.
so long as you haven't been scared witless by the 1997 original.
Paul has been scared witless by the fall-out and a peace of sorts has been resumed.
I've been scared witless by experts about death rays from the sun and the dangers of living near pylons and mobile phone masts.
A class of Teesside children have been scared witless by going back to school .
But instead of signing up, parents bombarded advertising watchdogs to complain their tots had been scared witless by the ads.
And they continue to pack a punch: A bizarre sequence like "Pink Elephants on Parade" from Dumbo is stranger and stronger than almost anything the actual surrealists ever did; probably more kids have been scared witless by Lampwick's metamorphosis into a jackass in Pinocchio than by Dracula and Frankenstein combined.
If she'd been wearing this get-up, the poor phantom would have been scared witless, too.
One said: "Most mums would have been scared witless by their children careering around at high speed.