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scared stiff

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scared stiff

adjective phrase

Very frightened; paralyzed by terror

[1900+; fr the notion of being scared to death]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • She is scared stiff for fear she'll catch it—whatever it may be.

    Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge Pemberton Ginther
  • Ma's scared stiff about me, thinks the devil's got an option on my future sure.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Honest, he was scared stiff; but he didn't let anyone but me see it.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Hastings thought: "He's scared stiff, but telling the truth—so far."

    No Clue James Hay
  • When that Melvin boy, that bugler, saw us coming to that porch he was scared stiff.

    Dorothy's Travels Evelyn Raymond
  • So we went over to Bony's house, and the minute we said "ring" he was scared stiff.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • I was scared stiff, on your account, back there in South Chicago.

    Motor Matt's Daring Rescue Stanley R. Matthews
  • "He was most scared stiff, dat feller was," replied Macklin, disdainfully.

    The Missing Tin Box Arthur M. Winfield
  • Sick was no name for him––and he was so scared stiff he looked like he was about ready to cry.

    Santa F's Partner Thomas A. Janvier
  • The Government is scared stiff, at the mercy of the Labourites.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell

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