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.
See also: frighten, off, pant
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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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