Definition of scare or bore, etc. the pants off someone in English:

scare (or bore, etc.) the pants off someone

  • informal Make someone extremely scared, bored, etc..
    More example sentences
    • It's a fine line between motivating people to stop smoking and scaring the pants off them.
    • If there is one category of horror movies that scares the pants off me, it's zombies, and this remake certainly got me jumping and twitching in my seat.
    • There is a class of person who delights in trying to scare the pants off you with appalling tales of child-rearing horror.
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