frighten the (living) daylights out of (someone)

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frighten the (living) daylights out of (someone)

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. Don't sneak up on me like that; you frightened the living daylights out of me!
See also: daylight, frighten, of, out

frighten (or scare) the (living) daylights out of

give someone a very severe fright.
This expression was a mid 20th-century development from beat the living daylights out of , on the premise that the effect of extreme fear is as drastic as physical violence.
1955 Frank Yerby The Treasure of Pleasant Valley Didn't mean to hit him…Meant to throw close to him and scare the living daylights out of him.
See also: daylight, frighten, of, out
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When Lachlan scares Alicia in the shop, David bundles the creepy teen into his car, before carting him off to a barn and attempting to frighten the living daylights out of him.
When Lachlan returns from holiday and scares Alicia in the shop, leaving her trembling with fear, David sees red and bundles the creepy teen into his car, before carting him off to a barn and attempting to frighten the living daylights out of him.
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