scare the pants off (of) (one)

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scare the pants off (of) (one)

To terrify one. The sound of the fire alarm scared the pants off of me at three in the morning..
See also: off, pant, scare

scare the pants off (of) someone

to frighten someone very badly. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Wow! You nearly scared the pants off me! The explosion scared the pants off of everyone.
See also: off, pant, scare

scare, bore, etc. the ˈpants off somebody

(informal) scare, bore, etc. somebody very much: He would creep up behind people and scare the pants off them.He was clearly boring the pants off his audience.
See also: off, pant, somebody
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Still, had he not already famously removed his Y-fronts on a number of occasions before a man who was not his wife, Oaten's spell in the media spotlight could be said to have scared the pants off him.
In the drawn match Brendan scared the pants off him but fluffing vital goal chances.
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