fright noun

1 fear

VERB + FRIGHT take | be shaking/trembling with | die of (informal) He almost died of fright when the fish jumped out of the water.

PREP. in ~ She cried out in fright. | with ~ They were paralysed with fright. | ~ at The birds took fright at the sight of the cat and flew off.

2 sudden feeling of fear

ADJ. awful, bad, dreadful, nasty, terrible

VERB + FRIGHT get, have Emma got such a fright that she dropped the tray. I had a terrible fright this morning when I saw you there. | give sb

PHRASES a bit of a fright, the fright of your life You gave me the fright of my life, jumping out like that! | quite a fright