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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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  • Naturally, the maid was scared stiff—but she got one look in at the door anyway—that was enough for her.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • Ma's scared stiff about me, thinks the devil's got an option on my future sure.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • 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.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • 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.

    Dorothy's Travels Evelyn Raymond
  • Y'u're scared stiff and it might get into your fool coconut to plug one of us and light out.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
  • I was scared stiff, on your account, back there in South Chicago.

    Motor Matt's Daring Rescue Stanley R. Matthews
  • Honest, General, even after he went down the second time, I was scared stiff when I saw him get up!

    The Rogue Elephant Elliott Whitney
  • 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.

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