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.
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"It frightened the pants off me when I got the letter because it comes from the Government.
"It frightened the pants off me because it comes from the Government.
MIGHTY minnows Havant & Waterlooville can say with pride they frightened the pants off Liverpool.
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