frighten the life out of

Definition of frighten the life out of

:to frighten (someone) very badly
  • The story nearly frightened the life out of me.

Word by Word Definitions

frighten play
  1. : to make afraid : terrify

  2. : to drive or force by frightening

  3. : to become frightened

life play
  1. : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

  2. : a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings

  3. : an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  1. : of or relating to animate being

  2. : lifelong

  3. : using a living model

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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