scared to death


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scared to death

Very severely frightened or worried. Hyperbolically alludes to having been frightened so badly as to have died from it. I was scared to death when I thought I heard footsteps on the staircase when no one else was home. We were scared to death when we woke up to the sound of the howler monkeys. We had no idea what it was coming from. I'm scared to death that the tests are going to come back positive.
See also: death, scare
References in classic literature ?
'most scared to death, and cleared the fence and tore into the woods, and was gone.
"Oh, that's good -- I tell you, Tom, I was most scared to death; I'd a bet anything it was a STRAY dog."
And that poor pig was near scared to death. I'll never be able to read that account in the Bible of the swine that rushed madly down the steep place into the sea without seeing Mr.
I woke up along in the night and I was most scared to death. What shadows and queer noises there was!
Kina-Kina's word was law, and he was scared to death. And we kept him on board issuing proclamations all the time we were in Poonga-Poonga.
We've broken out of our pickets, again and again, four hundred and fifty of us, just because a new recruit got to telling tales of whip snakes at home in Australia till we were scared to death of the loose ends of our head-ropes."
"You fools will have yourselves scared to death in a minute.
I know a lady in her 80s who is scared to death about where she will go."
Many who experience these overwhelming sensations describe feeling 'scared to death.' The popular phrase may sound dramatic, but health experts say there is some truth behind it.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that European leaders are "scared to death" that President Donald Trump will make good on his campaign pledge to withdraw American forces from the continent if host countries fail to pay their fair share for its defense.
"I'm scared to death, are you kidding me?" he told the publication.
I was scared to death but I've never felt more alive."
I thought she was going to kill me and I was scared to death. Later, she calmed down and apologized.
Lionel earlier said that he was "scared to death" at the thought of his daughter, 19, dating Disick, 34.