the fright of (one's) life

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the fright of (one's) life

An extreme and sudden sensation of shock, surprise, or fear. Usually used after the verbs "get" or "give." Seeing the car swerve right in front of her gave Mary the fright of her life. I got the fright of my life when I noticed someone standing right behind me.
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the ˌfright of your ˈlife

an experience that makes you feel great fear: I got the fright of my life when I saw the gun pointing at me.He gave me the fright of my life when I saw him hanging out of the window.
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THIS Morning host Holly Willoughby got the fright of her life when a giant python wrapped itself around her leg yesterday live on air.
A lecturer in Abergele got the fright of her life when she found a coiled snake wrapped around a gatepost at the bottom of her garden.
As reports of scares soar across the North East and hospitals and schools are put on high alert after being named on the "killer clown" hit list, the North Tyneside lass took to social media to say she'd just been given the fright of her life on Wednesday night.
Leanne gets the fright of her life when she's held hostage in her own flat.
Dublin lad Tom Walsh gave his mother the fright of her life when he strolled in the door from Australia.
Jean Manson got the fright of her life when her car ground to a halt on a busy motorway.
A woman in Scotland got the fright of her life when she found a huge shiny snake slithering towards her in a corridor outside her flat.
Summary: A huge male lion gave a mother the fright of her life when it tried to break through the glass of his enclosure to attack her daughter.
Samantha got the fright of her life spotting the Bigfoot of the mysterious creature also known as a Sasquatch, in Downriver Park.
He really should have steered clear but he's caught in a tricky position when he finds Maria in tears, having been given the fright of her life by Luke.
Gill Bellshaw, 56, got the fright of her life after being confronted by the rodent as she prepared for a bath.
Angela Drennan got the fright of her life when her car started crawling at 20mph moments after she filled up with fuel.
A DELTA baggage worker got the fright of her life when she opened a jetliner's cargo door and found a cheetah running loose amid the luggage.
And the blonde said she got the fright of her life when she was told to bungee into a shark tank.
She got the fright of her life when his lithe body crept up alongside her, making his way on to the stage.