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scare the bejabbers out of (someone)

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. ("Bejabbers," a variant of "bejesus," is a mild euphemistic oath used here as an intensifying noun.) Primarily heard in Ireland. Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared the bejabbers out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the bejabbers out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
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If that's Nazism or Marxism, it will shock the bejabbers out of the Bush administration, which has endorsed a similar idea.
The new instruments, the batteries and the gyros that will be changed out, we've tested the bejabbers out of them," Burch says.
If you boneheadedly refer 34 million viewers to the wrong Web site (which is then rerouting by its proprietor to one that criticizes the bejabbers out of your candidacy), you should be called for unintentional grounding and forfeit five minutes of speaking time.
Turns out they were scaring the bejabbers out of the the juvenile horses in the parade ring.
The other is to do away with the old Cyspare the rod, spoil the childCO attitude and beat the bejabbers out of them when they are rude and disruptive.
They may be able to do that kind of thing in Sweden, where they tax the bejabbers out of the citizenry and where, much more to the point, the krona is as rock solid as our greenback is not.
And if he happens to scare the bejabbers out of the occasional malevolent spirit (or even a crow), well, that's just gravy.
The episode certainly scared the bejabbers out of me.
If you want to scare the bejabbers out of yourself at low cost and effort, read The Newhall Land and Farming Company's annual report, which outlines its planned development activities.
And we will beat the bejabbers out of our foreign competition.
Courtly, softspoken, altogether well behaved, he waits his tum to speak, raises his hand to get his host's attention, neither screams nor slobbers and rarely, if ever, threatens to beat the bejabbers out of those with whom he disagrees.
No problems--when getting the bejabbers kicked out of me over the Rockies, it stayed attached and didn't eject the contents.
Among other places, the action occurs at an abandoned slave plantation, a cemetery where a teacher is brutally murdered, and an old mansion spooky enough to scare the bejabbers out of the Hardy Boys.
The other is to do away with the old eCyspare the rod, spoil the childeCO attitude and beat the bejabbers out of them when they are rude and disruptive.
WORCESTER - Many cigarette smokers are disappointed by the House Speaker's plan to tax the bejabbers out of their favorite vice, instead of providing a new vice to the state to help balance the budget.