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.
See also: bejeebers, of, out, scare
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What scares the bejeebers out of me are triggers messed with by inexpert people until the firearm is unreliable.
It scares the bejeebers out of you as a parent to look at it and see a child who may be talking on the phone, text messaging or fiddling with the music, and the next thing you know they're faced with some situation they have to react quickly to.
That trick scares the bejeebers out of me,'' he said.
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