scare the bejeebers out of (someone)

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scare the bejeebers out of (someone)

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. ("Bejeebers," a variant of "bejesus," is a mild euphemistic oath used here as an intensifying noun.) Don't sneak up on me like that, you scared the bejeebers out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the bejeebers out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
See also: bejeebers, of, out, scare
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BUT "ADVANCEMENTS" OF LATE SCARE the bejeebers out of me.
Here's a defense budget nugget that should scare the bejeebers out of Pentagon contractors: If there is a 2 percent annual decrease to the defense budget's top line for the next decade, without other changes, the acquisition budget will fall to zero.
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