Very frightened; paralyzed by terror
[1900+; fr the notion of being scared to death]
Naturally, the maid was scared stiff—but she got one look in at the door anyway—that was enough for her.
Ma's scared stiff about me, thinks the devil's got an option on my future sure.
You know me, Silby; I'm not easily frightened; but what's happened at my place has me scared stiff.
Honest, he was scared stiff; but he didn't let anyone but me see it.
Smuggled coolies, as I live, exclaimed Ensign Warwick, and scared stiff.
When that Melvin boy, that bugler, saw us coming to that porch he was scared stiff.
Y'u're scared stiff and it might get into your fool coconut to plug one of us and light out.
I was scared stiff, on your account, back there in South Chicago.
Honest, General, even after he went down the second time, I was scared stiff when I saw him get up!
Thats just why I was scared stiff when I found out that we were just about out of gasoline as we struck the head of the rapids.