These unusual words are used to express a feeling of fear and being uncomfortable.
That movie gave me the heebie-jeebies.
2 Make your blood run cold
Many people say that when they are scared, it makes them feel very cold all of a sudden.
My blood ran cold it scared me so much.
3 Jumped out of my skin!
Have you ever gotten scared so quickly that it felt like your whole body jumped without you even moving?
It was such a fright that I jumped out of my skin!
4 Heart missed a beat
When you become afraid from one moment to the next, it may feel like your heart stopped for a moment.
I got so scared that my heart missed a beat.
5 Scared out of my wits
Having your wits means being in control of yourself. Being scared out of your wits is like saying you lost control of yourself because you were so afraid.
I was scared out of my wits!
6 Scared the living daylights out of me!
This idiom is unique and refers to being so terrified that it may have felt like the lights were turned off suddenly and you were in the dark or dead even.
When you jumped out, it scared the living daylights out of me!
7 Shook like a leaf
Just like a leaf sways in the wind, when frightened many of us shake uncontrollably.
8 Quaking in my boots
Quaking means to start shaking.
It was such a scary situation that I was quaking in my boots!
9 Scared stiff
In some cases people become so afraid that they cannot move, they freeze.
When the bank robbers began to shoot their guns, I was scared stiff and couldn’t run away.
10 Act of God
When many natural disasters occur, people will use this idiom to describe it as something very powerful.
That earthquake was so intense; it was like an act of God!