Definition of frighten the life out of in English:

frighten the life out of

phrase

  • Terrify.

    ‘what do you mean by frightening the life out of me?’
    • ‘My wife was just coming up to bed and it frightened the life out of her.’
    • ‘He said: ‘It frightens the life out of you, something like this.’’
    • ‘I don't know why I felt certain she inhabited the upstairs bathtub, waiting for me to saunter in before pouncing and frightening the life out of me.’
    • ‘With her unreasonable, one-issue agenda, she frightens the life out of me.’
    • ‘The health warnings, while over-the-top, succeeded in frightening the life out of most people and forced them to consider safer practices.’
    • ‘‘I think the biggest danger is well-meaning people frightening the life out of youngsters by pulling figures out of the air,’ Mr Johnson said.’
    • ‘But when they're good, they're very, very good, as they showed when frightening the life out of France.’
    • ‘How does one tell the whole truth without frightening the life out of your date?’
    • ‘Say we didn't pick up on something and there was an accident, we would be the ones liable and that frightens the life out of me.’
    • ‘So it was that in 1394 the young king landed at Waterford and, like others in later times, decided that he would adopt a strategy of ‘shock and awe’ that would frighten the life out of the Irish.’
    frighten, make afraid, make fearful, make nervous, panic, throw into a panic
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