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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This alarms many bishops and it scares the bejesus out the old guard in the Roman Curia.
Maybe the only thing that's going to save us from an early grave is a far tougher health campaign that scares the bejesus out of us.
The thought of NYC scares the bejesus out of most retailers who are not here.
When he carries the puck through the neutral zone he scares the bejesus out of the opposition.
Here's where he really scares the bejesus out of you.
Today, she doesn't even drink alcohol, she says: "Not having my faculties scares the bejesus out of me.
I have to say that you've got to realise how wonderfully brave these children are, because I've been doing this for 20 years and it still scares the bejesus out of me - walking on set for the first time, " says Coltrane.
This scares the bejesus out of people," says Steve Larsen, marketing chief for NetPerceptions of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, whose clients include the Star Tribune, Business Week Online, Amazon.
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