scared stiff


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scared stiff

Utterly terrified; so scared that one cannot move. I was scared stiff when I heard someone in our kitchen in the middle of the night. Janet still seems to be scared stiff after the encounter with the mountain lion.
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scared stiff

Fig. badly frightened. We were scared stiff by the robber. I was scared stiff when the dog growled at me.
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scared stiff

mod. frightened; unable to move from fear. The poor little kid stood there—scared stiff. I was scared stiff for hours after the accident.
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The Chiss is cowardly, I'm sure, and if it ever heard my awful, terrible, frightful growl, it would be scared stiff.
And now,' she said, 'having got us scared stiff, what are you going to do about it?
With Corbyn they are scared stiff that a Labour government under his leadership will actually change the power axis within our nation.
After this vote, people in Connecticut are scared stiff, with good reason.
CALLUM McGREGOR has admitted he was scared stiff at the moment he thought he'd blown the lot.
If I was walking my dog late at night and someone jumped out I would be scared stiff.
Everything they are scared stiff of begins with the word 'could', so here is something to really worry about.
Our top officials in charge of agriculture and irrigation are scared stiff by El NiAaAaAeA~o, two words which our ASEAN neighbors don't give damn about.
WORRY: Bar collapse Heeding his sister's words, Tamwar decides to patch things up with Nancy, but he's scared stiff when he goes round to the Vic and finds her passed out on the floor after suffering another seizure.
But the event sparked the idea for the start of his novel, Cowgirl - which has been shortlisted in the Best Fiction category for five to 12 year-olds in the Waterstones Children's Book Prize "I was scared stiff," he said.
The only way I can describe it was like being in the dark and seeing a sliver of light and knowing that if you went into the light you would be safe but you were too scared, and I mean scared stiff, to move.
In Scared Stiff, Sara Latta takes an interesting and entertaining look at fifty phobias, using history, trivia, and anecdotes to explain each.
She was just scared stiff that her husband - who has previously boasted of dating models and actresses - would go off her once he'd seen the glorious blood and gore of giving birth.
London, June 29 (ANI): Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes England stars have now become scared stiff on the international stage.
WHEN THE HEARTACHE IS OVER - TINA TURNER "When Tina played Hampden Park in 2000, I was scared stiff thinking that 50,000 fans wouldn't know my song.
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