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.
See also: death, scare
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The trick here, as any good skater will tell you, is knowing when to let go of the child and send her out into the world at a speed that scares you to death.
His mother Toni Hughes said: "It sort of scares you to death because there are alligators, there are snakes, all sorts of things out there.
If you enjoy the sort of thriller that scares you to death in the wee small hours, James Patterson has provided a vehicle to set the demons raging through the imagination.
But then, when you've got your own family right in the middle of it, it really scares you to death.