scare the hell out of (one)

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scare the hell out of (one)

To shock or frighten one very suddenly and severely. Don't sneak up on me like that—you scared the hell out of me! The sound of the fire alarm scared the hell out of us this morning.
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You scared the hell out of me.

 and You scared the crap out of me.; You scared the dickens out of me.; You scared the devil out of me.; You scared me out of my wits.; You scared the pants off (of) me.
You frightened me very badly. (Also with subjects other than second person. Of is usually retained before pronouns.) He scared the hell out of all of us. She really scared the pants off of me.
See also: hell, of, out, scare

scare, annoy, etc. the ˈhell out of somebody

(informal) scare, annoy, etc. somebody very much: The sight of a man with a gun scared the hell out of her.Louise suddenly surprised the hell out of us by announcing that she was pregnant!
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"Our goal is to literally scare the hell out of people.
AJ is just the man to do that - his pace will scare the hell out of the visitors and he proved against Israel on Saturday that he can play alongside Michael Owen successfully.
That may scare the hell out of the bleary-eyed folks at Brookings, but it's fine by me.
As I was admiring the entries in the parts competition, I overhead another visitor say, "These parts should scare the hell out of injection molders!"
He's one of the most dangerous people on TV and a comedian to scare the hell out of even the most daring of producers.
You don't really want to hurt anybody, but when they don't see the light, you want to scare the hell out of them."
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