scare (one) witless

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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.
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scare someone witless

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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.
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Exit Door I SHARE your stress, I'm aware of this mess that scares you witLess, Falling down Stairs in a whole that's pitless, Dodging calls from a wanted hit list, I too have bared the weight you hold, I too was scared...couldn't wait to fold but sold my soul I did not do, Be bold until he has got you then once he has be bold some more!, Tell him you uphold the law, then oust him while you hold the door onto that cold and beaten floor, I too have seen that lonely place, I too have mopped my boney face around that scratched up song Case...you think that he's your only grace but cling on to that trace of hope, Fight your fears don't embrace the rope.