scare the pants off (of) (one)

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scare the pants off (of) (one)

To terrify someone. The sound of the fire alarm scared the pants off of me at three in the morning..
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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
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