scare (one) witless

(redirected from scares him witless)

scare (one) witless

To shock or frighten one very severely. (Hyperbolically alludes to scaring one so badly that they lose their sanity.) 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.
See also: scare, witless
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

scare someone witless

INFORMAL
If something or someone scares you witless, they make you very frightened or worried. I saw that film when I was in Paris and it scared me witless. You read about all these things that can cause cancer and it scares you witless.
See also: scare, someone, witless
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
Rather like an extended episode of Citizen Smith turne d sadly sour at the end, Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs describes the revolutionary fantasies of an art school drop-out who sets up a political party - the Party of Dynamic Erection - to avenge himself on the school head who expelled him and impress Ann, the sexy girl who scares him witless.