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Scared out of one’s skin


Extremely surprised and frightened. Just how scared would you be to jump out of your skin? thus the phrase illustrates great shock and panic.  Also used as ‘scared the daylights out of’ in this case daylight refers to everything you remember for that day has been startled out of you.

“I was  home alone when I heard the front door open and it scared me out of the skin until I realized my husband came home from hunting a day early.”

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