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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Jo Joyner is magnificent as distressed Tanya, Jake Wood excellent as the caring Max when he discovers Tanya is so poorly, and Jamie's superb as Derek frightens the pants off Fat Pat and his sister Carol.
While it frequently occurs that no personnel injury results and very little property damage is done, the fact can't be overlooked that flathatting not only endangers the life of the pilot and a good many others, but it frightens the pants off the populace.
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