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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Five months ago, builder Ben Wright, 21, was jailed for three-and-a-half years after being convicted of killing retired lorry driver Ernest Williams, 63, by frightening him to death in Manchester.
JUST five months ago a 21-year-old driver was jailed for three-and-a-half years in Manchester after he was convicted of killing a motorist by frightening him to death.
Leboeuf says dirty players, indiscipline and leg-breaking fouls are frightening him to death each time he pulls on a Chelsea shirt.
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