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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It will also look at the overdose of Sarah Campbell, who was jailed for frightening to death an elderly Deeside man.
Ms Campbell, from Malpas, Cheshire,had been jailed for frightening to death 72- year old Amrit Bhandari in Chester Home Office Minister Paul Goggins said the investigation will look at Ms Walsh's death and whether it bore any similarities to other recent deaths at the jail.
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