frighten the hell out of (one)

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frighten the hell out of (one)

To shock or frighten one very suddenly and/or severely. Don't sneak up on me like that, you frightened the hell out of me! That car accident seems to have frightened the hell out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
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frighten the hell out of someone

 and frighten the pants off someone; frighten the living daylights out of someone; scare the living daylights out of someone; scare the shit out of someone; scare the wits out of someone
to frighten someone badly, suddenly or both. (Use of hell and shit are crude.) These figures frighten the hell out of me. The door blew shut and scared the shit out of me. It takes a lot to scare the pants off a hardened criminal.
See also: frighten, hell, of, out
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This is when families look like they are co-operating but are actually manipulating workers through a combination of looking like they are working with you at the same time as frightening the hell out of you.
So once again the usual suspects - doom-mongering press barons and points-scoring politicians - are frightening the hell out of us with apocalyptic predictions that this time next year Romanian Roma will have overrun Splott while Bulgarian bandits colonise Canton.
The BMJ is frightening the hell out of already anxious females, while ignoring the male role in ensuring women have children earlier.
They are frightening the hell out of people, so something has got to be done.
Then there was Boris Karloff frightening the hell out of everyone in 1932 as he brought a malignant corpse stumbling out of its tomb, rotting wrappings trailing, back from the dead.
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