frighten (one) to death

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frighten (one) to death

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. Hyperbolically alludes to frightening someone so badly as to cause them to die. Don't sneak up on me like that, you frightened me to death! That car accident seems to have frightened Janet to death—she's still shaken by it.
See also: death, frighten

frighten (someone or an animal) to death

 and scare someone or an animal to death
1. Lit. to frighten a living creature badly enough to cause death. The roar of the plane engine seems to have frightened the little dog to death.
2. Fig. to frighten someone severely. The dentist always frightens me to death. She scared me to death when she screamed.
See also: death, frighten
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For that matter, anyone who was a comrade of the captain's was enough to frighten them to death.
Besides, the cheap shot about it being fear of the nets' own pending obsolescence may frighten them to death.
Whoever Real play at the back - and if you are punting Arsenal you'll be praying Jonathan Woodgate gets a game - Henry has the pace to frighten them to death.
The first is that we take no further action, which is really going to frighten them to death.
He said: ``I have to make sure our boys understand what they will be up against but I don't want to frighten them to death.
If the bombing is precise, and Wales musn't overdo the tactic, then they could frighten them to death.
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