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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.

scare (or bore etc.) the pants off someone

make someone extremely scared, bored, etc. informal
See also: off, pant, scare, someone
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

scare, bore, etc. the ˈpants off somebody

(informal) scare, bore, etc. somebody very much: He would creep up behind people and scare the pants off them.He was clearly boring the pants off his audience.
See also: off, pant, somebody
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

scare the pants off someone

tv. to frighten someone suddenly. The piano lid fell and scared the pants off my parents.
See also: off, pant, scare, someone
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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