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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Most of the guys in my day who would frighten you to death on a football pitch were so meek and mild off it, it was frightening.
And the back four frighten you to death as you wait for the inevitable mistake.
And I daren't look at their players because they frighten you to death.
There is no one in that midfield who will frighten you to death in the tunnel or the pitch, which is what they had when Vieira was in the team.
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