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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Then there's the drive home at a breakneck speed amongst hordes of others of the same ilk, frightening the pants off everyone else in sight, to have a little something to help him recover from the stresses of the hard day, possibly joined by the "partner" if she is home from her similar day, in her dark suit.
But at least They knows to accept its silliness then get on with frightening the pants off us.
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