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scare (one) witless

To shock or frighten one very severely. (Hyperbolically alludes to scaring one so badly that they lose their sanity.) Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared me out of my wits! That car accident seems to have scared Janet out of her wits—she's still shaken by it.
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scare someone witless

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If something or someone scares you witless, they make you very frightened or worried. I saw that film when I was in Paris and it scared me witless. You read about all these things that can cause cancer and it scares you witless.
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And if you think there's someone out there watching you, then the wide range of guest speakers can put you at ease - or scare you witless. It is a fascinating insight into extraterrestrial encounters, ghosts, poltergeists, abductions and, of course, the occasional flying saucer.
With horror at every turn, Laymon relentlessly pursues one intention - to scare you witless. As subtle as a sledgehammer, but just as effective.