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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After scaring the bejeezus out of us with Cabin Fever, Eli Roth returns with a movie inspired by tales of human trafficking, sex tourism and torture focusing on three party-loving backpackers.
Scaring the bejeezus out of us ordinary investors, as we watch them giggle and snort, giving each other wedgies on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, making flatulent noises with their hands cupped under their armpits, while we keep wondering if the difference between a correction and a crash is like bungee jumping with and without the bungee.
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