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.
See also: death, scare
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The level of debate has been no higher than a bickering couple, either, with the electorate seemingly having a choice between a group of people trying to scare us to death and another group appealing to our basest instincts about foreigners.
But it is their job to keep an eye on things, not to scare us to death with more information than we need as they love to do, like telling us daily how many terrorist plots they've foiled.
So, beware - it's not just Big Brother watching us - it's millions of little creatures, eager to bite us or scare us to death.
com) is reason's science correspondent and the editor of Global Warming and Other Eco Myths: How the Environmental Movement Uses False Science to Scare Us to Death (Prima).
In order to scare us to death, the new constitution, which is still only in draft form and subject to at least a year of endless debate, is being caricatured as ending 1,000 years of British history.
It is the latest attempt by the Star Wars lobby to scare us to death over a threat that doesn't exist.
These same forecasters, who deliberately scare us to death with such things, also say they know what the weather will be doing in 100 years' time, and yet more unbelievably give advice on altering it