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.
See also: fright, life, of

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.
See also: fright, life, of
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I had the fright of my life and I thought I was a goner.
I understand it is not dangerous, except to muggers and bank robbers, although it did give me the fright of my life.
I got the fright of my life last time because never in my career, including in sparring with great fighters and heavier men like David Haye and David Price, have I ever been hit like that.
I am 81 and constantly have to dodge out of the way of someone cycling towards me on the pavement, or I get the fright of my life when they silently race past me from behind, sometimes even brushing past.
Mr Cochrane, of Parkville Highway, Holbrooks, said: "It gave me the fright of my life.
Mary O'Leary, who owns one of the three houses where the drugs were taken, said: "I got the fright of my life.
Care assistant Marie said: "I got the fright of my life.
Scott said: "I'd never seen anything like it before, it gave me the fright of my life.
Thomas, 42, said: "I threw back the curtain at the back of the lorry and got the fright of my life, but I think the refugees got a bigger shock.
He said: "I got the fright of my life, as did the rest of the family.
I got the fright of my life, and just slammed the door back shut so they couldn't escape.
Eyewitness Bob Allan, 44, who was travelling to work in Haddington, said at the time: "I got the fright of my life.