scare the life out of (one)

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scare the life out of (one)

To shock or frighten one very suddenly and/or severely. Hyperbolically alludes to frightening one so badly as to cause them to die. Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared the life out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the life out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
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frighten/scare the ˈlife out of somebody

frighten somebody very much: Don’t do that! You scared the life out of me creeping up on me like that!
See also: frighten, life, of, out, scare, somebody
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We get dressed up in scary costumes, spend loads on decorations and parties, and scare the life out of elderly people.
pages Since closing its gates in 2017 Mr Savage and his unholy army have been devising new ways to scare the life out of you and feast upon your soul.
A film showing actions of people taking drugs, body organs affected by them and vivid results of motor accidents resulting from drug taking could be shown to children in their last year at primary school to scare the life out of them.
As a child I admit to being fascinated by those strange creatures romping around a TV set waving their arms, making peculiar gurgling noises and, bizarrely, being convincing enough to scare the life out of thousands of kids tuning in each week.
We've gotten used to the cheeky Egyptian's crazy pranks, which scare the life out of Arab and international celebrities year after year.
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IT'S a tricky one because if you blurt out that you really fancy him, you could either scare the life out of him or he might be relieved because he's liked you for ages, too.
"But for now we have to focus on Spurs, who scare the life out of me with the quality they have.
GUARD Blake Shelton insists Scottish Rocks' formidable new home can scare the life out of their rivals.
Taking care of "Sim" characters is a popular pastime amongst Britain's gamers, but now and again it would be nice to scare the life out of them.
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``They used to wake me up every night at 2am to check I was all right - it used to scare the life out of me.
"They used a shock and awe effect to scare the life out of the two.
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