scared out of (one's) wits

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scared out of (one's) wits

Shocked or frightened very suddenly or severely. (Hyperbolically alludes to scaring one so badly that they lose their sanity.) I tried to play it cool in front of my friends, but honestly, I was scared out of my wits watching that horror movie. Janet's been scared out of her wits ever since that burglar was caught breaking into her house.
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