Another thing I find interesting and has got to do with the "being/getting scared business" is the following: Ele quase me matou de susto: "You gave me such a start." this being from a film called "Master and Commander"...nice film!
Good idea eduardoad to start = to give a sudden, involuntary jerk, jump, or twitch, as from a shock of surprise, alarm, or pain: The sudden clap of thunder caused everyone to start. start = A startled reaction or movement
To dread To feel very worried about something that might happen or something that is going to happen She dreads going to the dentist. Politicians are dreading that voters will lose faith in the President. We had the visit from the police that all parents dread. I dread the day she finds out.
For example: I'm scared stiff of having the operation. (Macmillan Dictionary) A man jumped out from behind the brick wall and pointed a gun at my head. I couldn't run. I was scared stiff! (Urban Dictionary)