Scaring us to death - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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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Windsor said, "This is a huge project, and some of the prices that we've been seeing coming out of the Houston and Dallas areas were scaring us to death
When he ran the drum banged like the clappers and he would chase us young kids scaring us to death
In passages that are only somewhat less fervid, Johnston contends that media are "killing our culture and scaring us to death