frighten/scare the life out of

Definition of frighten/scare the life out of

informal

  1. :  to frighten (someone) very badly You (nearly) scared the life out of me when you startled me like that!

Word by Word Definitions

frightenplay
  1. :  to make afraid :  terrify

    :  to drive or force by frightening

    :  to become frightened

scareplay
  1. :  to frighten especially suddenly :  alarm

    :  to become scared

  1. :  a sudden fright

    :  a widespread state of alarm :  panic

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

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

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

  1. :  of or relating to animate being

    :  lifelong

    :  using a living model

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

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

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

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

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

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


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