scared stiff

idiom

informal
: very afraid
often + of
She was scared stiff of flying.

Examples of scared stiff in a Sentence

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“Scared stiff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scared%20stiff. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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