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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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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 eCyspare the rod, spoil the childeCO 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.
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.
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.
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.
So instead, Webb plans to dress as a war zombie and scare the bejabbers out of unsuspecting people in the dead of the night amidst 10-foot-tall corn stalks.
Head-spinning, as a gory cinematic effect, is also an excellent way to scare the bejabbers out of wide-eyed filmgoers.
Or, if you really want to impress the bejabbers out of an editor, substitute the number "30".
I had a great time but never quite got a grip in terms of travelling around London - it still scares the bejabbers out of me.
If your place can scare the bejabbers out of people, we're dying to list your haunted house.