to scare the pants off someone

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - scare the pants off

"to scare the pants off someone"

to frighten someone a great deal


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - scare the pants off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  This Ouija board is freaky.

Friend 2:  Do you really think that the spirits communicate with us through the board?

Friend 1:  Just the thought of it scares the pants off me.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - scare the pants off

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What are you doing on your desk?

Colleague 2:  There's a mouse!

Colleague 1:  And?

Colleague 2:  Mice have always scared the pants off me.

Colleague 1:  Interesting that such a tiny creature can frighten someone so badly.

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to scare the pants off someone - Gerund Form:

Scaring the pants off your neighbors when they come home late at night could cause them to have a heart attack.

to scare the pants off someone - Examples:

1)  Security theatrics scare the pants off us.

2)  ... are don the masks, pile on the blood and gore and generally scare the pants off people everyday.

3)  Frighteningly real volunteers appeared to take their roles seriously as they prepared to scare the pants off of Millet residents at the Millet Legion's Annual Haunted House Event.

4)  The film was about Night's eternal wanting to scare the pants off the world population.

5)  ... to the rebel M23 forces, the shadowy fighters who seem to scare the pants off government soldiers.

6)  ... stop was the spouting geyser. This was a pretty impressive sight and scared the pants off me the first time it blew out.

7)  ... brown snake sighting right here in the gardens surrounding the flats today, scared the pants off a young girl hanging her washing.

8)  ... bull snake that had been placed there by his friend. It scared the pants off me.

9)  Having been a RE fan since the original scared the pants off my 8-year-old self, I was certainly excited for a new chapter.

10)  When I was a boy, I scared the pants off of my mom, Climbed what I could climb upon.

11)  Ireland et al would do something decisive about their own debt levels scares the pants off everyone, including the pursed lips at the IMF. 

12)  And the music in the background of the capsule scenes still scares the pants off me.

13)  And the music in the background of the capsule scenes still scares the pants off me.

14)  ... matter how many times I see guys with guns, it still scares the pants off of me.

15)  China has a bright future, and scares the pants off geopolitical strategists, as well it should.

16)  Sooner or later, one side has to offer an alternative to scaring the pants off you. Federal Labor has a couple of choices now ...

17)  ... use those same scare tactics, it is wrong? People have been scaring the pants off of teenagers for a long time, in far worse ways than this.

18)  Scaring the pants off the public has been pretty much the name of the game ever since Orson ...

19)  But Meath's Causey Farm? Its focus is scaring the pants off people... during Halloween, at least. It's 'Farmaphobia' scare park.

20)  ... and the games on this list are the top of the heap for scaring the pants off you, at least in a few choice scenes. Resident Evil ...