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scare the pants off (of) (one)

To shock, frighten, or terrify one. The sound of the fire alarm scared the pants off of me this morning.
See also: off, pant, scare
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

scare the pants off (of) someone

to frighten someone very badly. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Wow! You nearly scared the pants off me! The explosion scared the pants off of everyone.
See also: off, pant, scare
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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