nearly jump out of (one's) skin

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nearly jump out of (one's) skin

To physically recoil or flinch in fear or surprise. My goodness, I nearly jumped out of my skin when that alarm went off in the middle of the night.
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Terrified Errol Davis, 50, nearly jumped out of his skin when he saw the 4ft snake curled around the engine of his BMW.
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