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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I see a man who is in complete control of his dressing room and building a side which is ready to go toe-to-toe with Celtic next weekend and potentially give the champions the fright of their lives in the run in to the title.
TOURISTS got the fright of their lives when a killer whale was spotted while they were snorkelling off a boat.
You can even talk through its speaker simply by speaking into your phone - giving the misbehaving kids the fright of their lives.
Stoke gave them the fright of their lives as they threatened to finish worthy winners, with boss Mark Hughes entitled to a grin of satisfaction for running his former club so close, the report said.
More than 50 cruise ship passengers had the fright of their lives when they were robbed at gunpoint by three masked men while on a shore excursion aboard a bus at the Botanical Gardens in Soufriere, St Lucia, reports Caribbean360.
The Bantams have shown the heavyweights how to do it en route to the semi-finals, claiming major Premier League scalps in Wigan and Arsenal along the way, and now Phil Parkinson's team are looking to give Aston Villa the fright of their lives in this first leg.
PREMIERSHIP giants Neath were given the fright of their lives by Bridgend Athletic at Newbridge Fields before progressing into the last eight of the Swalec Cup with a 20-14 win.
AN ELDERLY couple got the fright of their lives when their carport collapsed due to heavy snow, bringing down part of the gable wall of their Thornaby bungalow, pictured.
Summary: A South African couple have had the fright of their lives when a Southern Right Whale jumped onto the deck of their boat.
In The Cottage, Jennifer is held captive at a remote farmhouse, only for the gang to have the fright of their lives at the hands of a psychopathic farmer.
PROMOTION-CHASING Stourbridge were given the fright of their lives by lowly Wharfedale at Stourton Park.
THIS gruesome-looking insect gave workers in a Liverpool amusement arcade the fright of their lives.
The former Canberra Raiders forward lined up with the Warrington stand-off when Wales gave Australia the fright of their lives in the 2000 World Cup semi-final and has closely followed his progress ever since.
But strikes by James Walshaw (2) and Andy Scothern at the death gave the Spartans the fright of their lives as they prepare for the visit of Conference South club Welling in the Trophy next Saturday.
He also used his incredible pace to set up another for Jon Grayshon as the Giants gave St Helens the fright of their lives.