scare the bejesus out of (someone)

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scare the bejesus out of (someone)

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. ("Bejesus," a mild euphemistic oath, is here used as an intensifying noun.) Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared the bejesus out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the bejesus out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
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Whether Bush and company have conspired with Osama bin Laden to scare the bejeezus out of Americans, or they just use terrorist acts to convince Americans to give up freedoms and allow them to wage war all over the Middle East, the Republicans need the fear factor to stay in power.
Or even more absurd, LSU has to beat Georgia today but not the bejeezus out of it, or it might knock the Bulldogs out of the top 10 and erase LSU's bonus for having previously beaten Georgia.
In his story, Jones quotes Spangler--in the movie it's actually Carl Spackler--saying he's invented a new kind of grass that "you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus belt that night on the stuff.
A: Panic like bejeezus, grab the nearest priest and confess all your sins even down to stealing your sister's last Rollo when you were six?
While voters apparently responded to a combination of rather centrist substance (Ventura has pledged to return budget surpluses to taxpayers and improve public schools) and blunt style (his most memorable TV ad featured a Ventura action figure beating the bejeezus out of an "Evil Special Interest Man" doll), such analysts see simply one more lamentable manipulation of Boobus americanus.
With the release this week of ''Doctor Sleep,'' his much anticipated sequel to ''The Shining,'' the 66-year-old King continues to release and inspire new projects more than four decades after he first started to scare the bejeezus out of everybody.
Shot at his own house in his spare time, his modest vision has bloomed into a 21st Century Blair Witch Project, scaring the bejeezus out of audiences with its deceptively simple narrative and grainy camerawork.
Boot Camp on Sky sees four marine drill sargeants terrify the bejeezus out of you and whoever is left wins half a million dollars.
All of a sudden the deficit dragon, the beast that has set the political agenda for this entire decade, gave rise to Ross Perot and a third party vital enough to help deprive two Republican candidates of the White House, and scared the bejeezus out of a generation of guilt-ridden mothers and fathers, is no more.
Paranormal Activity is a phenomenon, scaring the bejeezus out of audiences with its simple narrative and grainy camera work, captured by characters as they hunt for an evil spirit in their home.
After scaring the bejeezus out of us with Cabin Fever, Eli Roth returns with a movie inspired by tales of human trafficking, sex tourism and torture focusing on three party-loving backpackers.
They'd still bomb the bejeezus out of us, next time they felt like it.
New York has provided more than a few headaches for the three-time Super Bowl champs this season, first scaring the bejeezus out of the Pats with a furious second-half comeback in a game New England won, 24-17, then coming to Foxboro to leave Belichick's boys stuck in the mud in a 17-14 Jets victory.
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By that token, perhaps over on the mainland we should see Angles and Saxons gather in Hastings once a year to bash the bejeezus out of a bunch of Normans.