to scare the hell out of

Idiom Definition

"to scare the hell out of"

to frighten badly

Idiom Definition - scare the hell out of


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - scare the hell out of

One friend stops by to visit two other friends ...

Visiting friend:  What are you guys doing?

Friend 1:  We're trying out this new Ouija board.

Friend 2:  I'm not sure I like this supernatural stuff.

Visiting friend:  Why is that?

Friend 2:  Because sometimes the answers are so accurate that it scares the hell out of me.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - scare the hell out of

Two executives are talking ...

Executive 1:  What's next on your agenda?

Executive 2:  I'm giving Frank his annual performance review.

Executive 1:  And why does Frank look so frightened?

Executive 2:  Because he's afraid of me I enjoy scaring the hell out of him.

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to scare the hell out of - Gerund Form:

Scaring the hell out of your mother is not a good thing to do.

to scare the hell out of - Examples:

1)  Making the decision one way or the other scares the hell out of me - no turning back.

2)  Yet honestly, doing it outside the confines of my office scares the hell out of me. I fear being ostracized. Imagine the ridicule and backlash.

3)  The mortgage market then scares the hell out of people about the housing recovery, which hasn't happened anyway.

4)  I know I need to make this transition, but it scares the hell out of me.

5)  Why don't blind people skydive? It scares the hell out of the dog.

6)  The thought of this man in the White House scares the hell out of me.

7)  I have never properly completed the exercise; it scares the hell out of me... which is probably why I need to do it.

8)  Alzheimer's frankly scares the hell out of a lot of people.

9)  This scenario seems to scare the hell out of many fans, but thankfully for you that didn't happen.

10)  Batman is meant to move in the shadows, to scare the hell out of people, make villains afraid of the night.

11)  We went over there to scare the hell out of Rommel.

12)  Investigate, file suit in courts and scare the hell out of anyone that had anything to do with voter fraud.

13)  That would scare the hell out of me even before finding out they had a gun too. 

14)  What does scare the hell out of me are the 75 days between the election and the inauguration.

15)  It scared the hell out of me. It wasn't breast cancer, it was a malignant melanoma.

16)  While this scared the hell out of me, it gave me inspiration and motivation.

17)  The Omen, the original A Nightmare On Elm Street, all scared the hell out of me when I was younger than I am now.

18)  I really let go once and I scared the hell out of myself with what came out.

19)  So, the Mac car-crash sound gets my vote for scaring the hell out of the people who hear it. 

20)  There's all kinds of money to be made scaring the hell out of people!