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: bejesus, of, out, scare

scare the bejesus out of someone

frighten someone very much.
2001 GQ This place is going to scare the bejesus out of the fuddy-duddy Sloaney-Pony set.
Bejesus is an alteration of the exclamation by Jesus! It is often found in its Anglo-Irish form bejasus or bejabers .
See also: bejesus, of, out, scare, someone
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He says the last time he believed in God was around 1965 and the last time the thought of possibly going to hell scared the bejesus out of him was 1973, when he saw The Exorcist.
In all that time, I never scared the bejesus out of myself.
I couldn't even sit up on my own for like two-and-a-half months and that scared the bejesus out of me.
Just when I dared to hope an environmental catastrophe may be averted, he scared the bejesus out of me with another account of soil laced with toxic metals, of unbreathable air and untouchable rivers.
Uncle Eaton and Aunt Wallace looked like zombies and they scared the bejesus out of her with their removable teeth and I'm-coming-to-get-you shuffles.
With this in mind, I played DiRT from the in-car scenario and, frankly, it scared the bejesus out of me.
Bill still looks as pissed off at life as he ever did and still scared the bejesus out of me.
When I was a baby dyke, the concept of bisexuality scared the bejesus out of me.
I couldn't believe such women really existed and she scared the bejesus out of me.
don't know about tearaway toddler Charlie, but Jo scared the bejesus out of me.
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To be honest with ye, it scared the bejesus out of me.
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