scare (one) to death

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scare (one) to death

To shock or frighten one very suddenly and/or severely. Hyperbolically alludes to frightening someone so badly as to cause them to die. Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared me to death! Waking up to the sound of the howler monkeys nearly scared us to death. We had no idea what it was coming from.
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Jurors were shown an email from AEG boss Randy Phillips saying: "He scares us to death, he is shooting him up with something."
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His outstretched hand, his saving touch, his kindness is the way out from under all that terrifies us, that scares us to death, that keeps us dead.
His mother and father Sue and Eric have written: "We miss you so it scares us to death we can't say any more than I love you, anything else is a waste of breath."
``Children play up there too, something which scares us to death. Anything could happen.