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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With a manic intensity that is enough to scare of the bejesus out of the ghost of Orson Welles, O threatens, "Message came from outer space/Future of the human race/Hell is not the hottest place/Let it go, shed your skin/Children never sleep again.
She's beaten the bejesus out of him, refused to put his name on their baby Ruby's birth certificate, and is now going to tell a court that it was him who terrorised her.
With the mission going horribly wrong from the start, father and son are forced to lock, load and blow the bejesus out of the city's underworld goons.
One learned to use tin cans to scare the bejesus out of everybody.
I'D have loved to have seen those mad monks knocking the bejesus out of each other in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
He was innocent, but that didn't stop Vos' goons from beating the bejesus out of Patrick and Precious.
Whatever I'm doing there has to be at least one element that scares the absolute bejesus out of me
As a teenage squire I often caught the night bus home - Bejesus some of the things my young eyes saw are still burned on my retina ( so I was delighted to read that a new generation is being put through the same rites of passage.
Is the surest way to win a presidential election to scare the bejesus out of the voters about what'll happen if the opponent becomes, or remains, president?
They ring their mates in the council who in turn badger the cops who, by force of habit, send in the Land Rovers and scare the bejesus out of everyone.
We had a couple of people back then who trained the bejesus out of our troops and then fought hard to get the higher designation," Strong said.
Now there are plastic kids' masks on sale that would frighten the living bejesus out of Boris Karloff, grisly pretend blood and brains to buy and little beggars who throw eggs at your windows if you don't stump up sweets for Trick or Treat.
The 1960 William Castle flick of the same name is being updated for a modern audience - and judging by the trailer it's going to scare the bejesus out of you
From then on, hand held cameras, screaming teenagers and psycho stalkers intent on coming back from the dead over and over again, would scare the bejesus out of us in Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and tonnes of others.