scare (one) out of (one's) wits(redirected from scared them out of their wits)
scare (one) out of (one's) wits
To shock or scare someone very suddenly and/or severely. (Hyperbolically alludes to frightening someone so severely as to cause them to lose their mind.) Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared me out of my wits! That car accident seems to have scared Janet out of her wits—she's still shaken by it.
scare someone out of their wits
If something or someone scares you out of your wits, they make you very frightened or worried. Oh, I'm so glad you're all right! You scared us out of our wits. We heard you had an accident. Note: You can also say that something or someone scares the wits out of you. His writing scares the wits out of me. Note: The verb frighten is sometimes used instead of scare. The tree crashed through the conservatory, frightening me out of my wits.