freak out

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Etymology[edit]

From freak and out. Coined in the Mothers of Invention album Freak Out.

Verb[edit]

freak out (third-person singular simple present freaks out, present participle freaking out, simple past and past participle freaked out)

  1. (slang, intransitive) 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,
    • 1991, Thelma and Louise (movie)
      Jimmy'll come in off the road, you won't be there, he'll freak out and call you a hundred thousand times...
  2. (slang, transitive) To scare someone.

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