shitless


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shit·less

 (shĭt′lĭs)
adj. Vulgar Slang
Used to intensify a verb with a personal object or a past participle modifying a personal noun or pronoun: scared him shitless; was bored shitless.

[From the reflex of involuntary defecation that can result from extreme terror.]

shitless

(ˈʃɪtləs)
adv
to an extreme extent (esp in the phrases bored shitless and scared shitless)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.shitless - extremely frightened; "he was scared shitless"
dirty word, vulgarism, obscenity, smut, filth - an offensive or indecent word or phrase
afraid - filled with fear or apprehension; "afraid even to turn his head"; "suddenly looked afraid"; "afraid for his life"; "afraid of snakes"; "afraid to ask questions"
Translations

shitless

[ˈʃɪtlɪs] ADJ to be scared shitlessestar acojonado
to be bored shitlessestar más harto que la hostia

shitless

[ˈʃɪtləs] adv
to be bored shitless → s'emmerder comme un rat mort
to be scared shitless → avoir une peur bleue
References in periodicals archive ?
I just think that people around here are scared shitless about Hillary Clinton taking their guns away.
They're scared shitless of him, and the fact that they're still around him means they have never stood up to him.
I stayed in the back of the riots and scared shitless .
The man scaring me shitless was named Drill Sergeant Pants.
Tennessee Williams was more direct: you drink because you're "scared shitless of something" or "can't face the truth about something.
We shrink from touching our power, we shrink away, we starve ourselves and each other, we're scared shitless of what it could be to take and use our love, hose it on a city, on a world, to wield and guide its spray, destroying poisons, parasites, rats, viruses-- like the terrible mothers we long and dread to be.
This is not yet a man who has come into his own and wants to finally show he is better than his father; this is still the little boy who is scared shitless of his father.
I have a very close friend, about 70 years old, who sat down with me and said he's scared shitless," says Chris Paradiso, owner of Paradiso Insurance in Stafford Springs, Conn.
I remember when disillusionment overcame me in the first hour of our first battle in which I had to face up to the unpleasant fact that I was not only afraid--I was scared shitless.
I first thought I got to ride shotgun because I was the one who helped Tio with the car, but then I realized it was just because everyone else was scared shitless.
Former Daniel aide Carlton Carl remembers the Houston Democrat as one of the many freshman lawmakers who were "scared shitless of their shadows.
But I must say, I was scared shitless later when I came to my first few films, including Picnic.