frighten the pants off (of) (one)

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frighten the pants off (of) (one)

To shock or frighten one very suddenly or severely. Don't sneak up on me like that—you frightened the pants off of me! The sound of the fire alarm at three in the morning frightened the pants off of me.
See also: frighten, off, pant
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"You've got big corporate companies, generally in receipt of government contracts, trying to frighten the pants off you.
WHAT we all feared is now a fact, only what we are being told is a very conservative figure, and if that does not frighten the pants off every motorist, then nothing will.
Writer/director/producer Dave Payne reportedly set out to make a film, which would "frighten the pants off people, make them laugh, and give them a story thick enough to chew on but easy enough to swallow." He fails on all counts.
Writer/director/producer Dave Payne reportedly set out to make a film which would "frighten the pants off people, make them laugh and give them a story thick enough to chew on but easy enough to swallow".
The Black Cats were too lightweight in attack to hurt Peter Reid's boys but Robert Earnshaw and Alan Lee will frighten the pants off the Sky Blues backline.
Because in Cardiff City's history books, Hammam could find evidence of apathy that could frighten the pants off him and have him running all the way to Milton Keynes.
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