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: of, out, scare
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I know everyone thinks their family is slightly odd, but sadly mine goes way beyond any reasonable semblance of strangeness into the hazy, freaky, Rosemary's Baby kind of category widely known as Whoa There, You're Scaring the Bejesus Out of Me.
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