Definitions

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  • v. To react (or cause to react) with extreme anger or fear to something to the extent that one loses one's composure or behaves irrationally; originally, to suffer an unexpected and severe bad reaction from the recreational use of a psychotropic - usually hallucinogenic - drug,
  • v. To scare someone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lose one's nerve
  • n. a wild delusion (especially one induced by a hallucinogenic drug)

Etymologies

Coined in the Mothers of Invention album Freak Out. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You ain’t gonna go to my aunt’s house to freak out an eightysomething-year-old woman, and I’m not helping you blow up innocent people here for twelve strands of light or whatever you were babbling about!

    Surrender the Dark

  • I tried not to freak out too badly, even though under Stephanie Pierce’s name it said we needed to buy ten spiral notebooks.

    THIS IS ME FROM NOW ON

  • And the surprise glimpse of well-filled panties can freak out an army.

    Zombie Lover

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