scare the hell out of (one)

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scare the hell out of (one)

To shock or frighten one very suddenly and/or severely. Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared the hell out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the hell out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
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scare, annoy, etc. the ˈhell out of somebody

(informal) scare, annoy, etc. somebody very much: The sight of a man with a gun scared the hell out of her.Louise suddenly surprised the hell out of us by announcing that she was pregnant!
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scare the hell out of someone

tv. to frighten someone badly. (Use caution with hell.) The door blew shut and scared the hell out of me.
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They wanted Grossmont so bad, and that's why this game scares the hell out of me.
What scares the hell out of me is that my house could lose a majority of its value due to a negative impact from freeway widening.
It scares the hell out of me now that I may not be able to,'' he said.
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