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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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.
When he carries the puck through the neutral zone he scares the bejesus out of the opposition.
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.
I've only dipped my toe into war reporting, but even for that the BBC put you through a week-long training scheme that quite frankly scares the bejesus out of you.
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