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.
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The idea that we were coming forward with economic solutions that were business-friendly, pro-innovation, pro-investment, pro-American independence, that could actually deliver more jobs than the coal companies--that scared the bejeebers out of the Koch Brothers.
He scared the bejeebers out of all of the kids who got dragged to church those evenings, and he packed the house every time he preached.
Things went bump in the night and the small band of teen-age boys scared the bejeebers out of each other into the wee hours.
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