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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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.
don't know about tearaway toddler Charlie, but Jo scared the bejesus out of me.
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