scare the shit out of vs scare half to death

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Marcius Sanctus

Senior Member
Brazil
Is scare half to death the same thing of scare the shit out of?
Can I use scare half to death instead of scare the shit out of?

Man! are you crazy? you scared the shit out of me!

In this phrase, can I use:

Man! are you crazy? you scared me half to death.

Thanks.
 
  • amic77

    Senior Member
    USA-English
    Both are essentially the same, but I would say you are talking about two different registers of speech. The one with "death" I would say is a bit more proper, that is to say, less offensive. The other one is more informal and is used most commonly among close friends. I hope this helps.
     
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