freak out v.
1. to experience an altered state of consciousness from the effects of a hallucinogenic drug; usu. an unpleasant effect; thus freaker-out n.
|‘The Downtown Talent Scout’ [lyrics] He’s just another of the kiddies freaking out.|
|Nova Apr. 83: The boys [...] had acquired jargon which even in Japanese pop periodicals is being used decoratively, with no real concept of meaning: turned on, dropped out, freaked out.|
|New Statesman 28 Mar. 424: Ms Kavan’s bleak forays among ghastly freakers-out and assorted libbers.|
|Totally True Diaries of an Eighties Roller Queen [Internet] 14 June I took a hit of acid (evolution shaped like bugs). It was really fun. [...] We didn’t know what was happening. I was pretty freaked out and couldn’t stop laughing.|
|Trainspotting 137: If you’re E’d out of your box [...] you’d be better off at some rave freaking out to heavy techno-sounds.|
|Africa News Service 29 Nov. [Internet] For a while there is that euphoria, (but) crack can get you so high that you freak out and lose control.|
|Rhapsody in Overdrive 52: So you told your sister that I freaked out on acid?|
2. to worry someone, to disturb, to horrify – the level of trauma depends on context.
|Essential Lenny Bruce 138: Fix him up with Dirty Bertha. Freak him out.|
|Beyond Valley of the Dolls [film script] This is my happening and it freaks me out!|
|Family Arsenal 72: Freaks me out, that does.|
|Talk Radio (1989) 39: He lost his voice once [...] Freaked him the fuck out.|
|Skin Tight 84: Burning the house, that’ll freak him out.|
|High Concept 141: The drug use freaked her out, and it affected Don’s ability to [...] perform.|
|Guardian Guide 2–8 Oct. 93: She’s only trying to freak us out!|
|Wind & Monkey (2013) [ebook] Les thought that might be enough blood for the time being as he didn’t want to freak poor little Digger out.|
|Hooky Gear 143: So I scream loud as I can. Which wake the dead an freak the fuck even more out of Arno.|
|Stump 95: Fuckin freaked me right out, that has [...] Really freaked me right out.|
|Crooked Little Vein 50: I also had the suspicion [...] that it might freak Trix out a bit.|
|Star Island (2011) 44: Captain, stop. You’re freaking me out.|
|Crongton Knights 243: We’re not in any beef with these young cadets. Haven’t we freaked them out enough?|
3. to engage in unorthodox or unrestrained sexual activity.
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 36: Knowing that one they’ll be freaking out by now.|
4. to go crazy, wild or out of control from fear or instability.
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 271: He freaked out in Wyoming and killed a dozen people for reasons he couldn’t explain.|
|Shaft 37: Maybe he, John Shaft, was freaking out.|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 58: When the blacks saw me they freaked out.|
|Pulp Fiction [film script] 120: He kinda freaked out back there when he saw Marvin.|
|Grits 370: A still remember Ikey freakin out the time [...] when ee found out that Oily ad buggered off with a ton-a Phil’s money.|
|Alphaville (2011) 127: We couldn’t shoot him just for being too freaked out to listen.|
5. to experience intense emotional pleasure; thus freak someone out v., to engender such pleasure.
|Kings Road 94: ‘Everyone’s freaking out,’ said Brad, ‘shall we join them?’ They stood and joined the dancing bodies.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 4: freak out – have a good time.|
|Ghost World 22: This is my happening and it freaks me out!!|
|(con. 1979–80) Brixton Rock (2004) 91: People go there [i.e. a club] to freak out, you know, get loose.|
6. to be upset, worried; thus freaked out adj., worried, nervous, upset.
|Hall of Mirrors (1987) 230: Are we going to sit around here and argue about that poor freaked out twitch?|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 2: freak out [...] I think Murray was freaked out when he saw me all dressed up.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 327: Those guys are freaked out, Sarge.|
|Chopper From The Inside 54: The rest of the guys freaked out, they thought I’d gone crazy.|
|Layer Cake 15: I reckon he wanted me to be a bit freaked out.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 341: We left Camel Cal [...] He might rabbit or free-form freak out.‘Jungletown Jihad’ in|
|Thrill City [ebook] The way he freaked out, he’d probably threaten to tell that bitch Talbot.|
|Thrill City [ebook] The freaked-out look guys got when a formerly compliant woman went ballistic.|
|Panopticon (2013) 236: Shortie looked freaked out.|
|The Force [ebook] Levin just nods, too freaked out to talk.|
7. to back down, to retreat from a position.
|Current Sl. IV:1 8: Freak out, v. To lose one’s courage; to ‘turn chicken’; to back off.|