One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Terrify.‘what do you mean by frightening the life out of me?’
frighten, make afraid, make fearful, make nervous, panic, throw into a panicView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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