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scare the daylights out of

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Synonyms for scare the daylights out of

  • affright
  • agitate
  • alarm
  • appall
  • astound
  • awe
  • browbeat
  • bulldoze
  • chill
  • cow
  • daunt
  • demoralize
  • deter
  • disconcert
  • discourage
  • dishearten
  • dismay
  • disquiet
  • faze
  • horrify
  • intimidate
  • panic
  • perturb
  • petrify
  • repel
  • scare
  • spook
  • startle
  • terrify
  • terrorize
  • unhinge
  • unnerve
  • chill to the bone
  • curdle the blood
  • disburb
  • discomfort
  • make blood run cold
  • make one's blood run cold
  • make one's hair stand on end
  • make teeth chatter
  • scare away
  • scare off
  • scare to death
  • silly
  • stiff
  • strike terror into
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Antonyms for scare the daylights out of

  • assist
  • assure
  • boost
  • calm
  • comfort
  • delight
  • embolden
  • encourage
  • expect
  • hearten
  • help
  • incite
  • inspirit
  • make happy
  • please
  • reassure
  • soothe
  • stimulate
  • urge
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WORD ORIGIN

c.1300 (as two words from mid-12c., daies liht), from day + light (n.); its figurative sense of "clearly visible open space between two things" (1820) has been used in references to boats in a race, U.S. football running backs avoiding opposing tackles, a rider and a saddle, and the rim of a glass and the surface of the liquor. The (living) daylights that you beat out of someone were originally slang for "the eyes" (1752), extended figuratively to the vital senses.

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