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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You haven't been properly socialized yet, but here's a bunch of loud noises to scare the bejesus out of you just to ensure you're gunshy.
But in all fairness the opportunity to have a decent fighting chance against things - whose only purpose is to scare the bejesus out of you - is a no-brainer.
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