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.
See also: of, out, scare
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And that scared the bejeezus out of everyone around him.
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.
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