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.
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I was expecting to scare them, but I wasn't expecting to scare them to death. They were mighty near it, though.
But we've got talent all through the squad - Andy Drury can scare them to death on the wing.