be scared witless

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be scared witless

To be very severely frightened or worried. I was scared witless when I thought I heard footsteps on the staircase when no one else was home. We were scared witless when we woke up to the sound of the howler monkeys. We had no idea what it was coming from. I'm scared witless that the tests are going to come back positive.
See also: scare, witless

be scared/bored ˈwitless

(informal) be extremely frightened or bored: Despite his reputation as a tough guy, he admits that he was ‘scared witless’ when he first arrived in New York.
See also: bore, scare, witless
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Anna is scared witless, but someone interrupts them.
So he is scared witless by sinister and strange events that occur when he and his baby are stranded in a spooky housing block.
The socialite is working on her debut movie role in Australia and is scared witless about the dangerous funnel web and redback spiders.
Anyway, I know for a fact that Larry, the thinking woman's Des Lynam, is scared witless of going up in the thing.