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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Frankly Bush scared him to death," another source said.
"I think if I'd had Thor's hammer with me I might have scared him to death."
LIONEL RICHIE has admitted his wife's pounds 165,000-a-month divorce demand 'scared him to death'.