scare (one) stiff

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scare (one) stiff

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared me stiff! That car accident seems to have scared Janet stiff—she's still shaken by it.
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scare someone stiff

Fig. to frighten someone severely. (Stiff = dead.) That loud noise scared me stiff. The robber jumped out and scared us stiff.
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Ring-rusty and deprived of meaningful practice, Vaughan's bowlers never threatened to skittle the plucky Namibians - nor were they ever in danger of being embarrassed once Jan-Berrie Burger, whose 85 off 86 balls at the World Cup in Port Elizabeth last year scared them stiff, chipped Ashley Giles to cover.