scare (one) to death

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scare (one) to death

To shock or frighten one 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 scared me to death! Waking up to the sound of the howler monkeys nearly scared us to death. We had no idea what it was coming from.
See also: death, scare
References in classic literature ?
The police would scare him to death first with a storm of their elegant blasphemy, and then pull him to pieces getting him away from there.
The family, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had already launched a campaign to try to scare him to death, including cutting the fuel line of his car to try to make it explode.
You'll scare him to death," Siobhan said, but Lorcan stared at us with equanimity.
Even if he does watch tapes of me fight, how's it going to help him - apart from scare him to death.