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

knock the bejeebers out of someone or something

Inf. to beat someone or something severely. If I catch you doing that again, I'll knock the bejeebers out of you. He grabbed the poor dog and just knocked the bejeebers out of it.
See also: bejeebers, knock, of, out
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And that has everything to do with the movie of the same name, which scared the bejeebers out of me when I was a teenager.
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Vince picks up his horn and plays the bejeebers out of this thing and I was thinking to myself, holy cow, I have never heard anyone play horn like this before, let alone do it while being so sick.
RAY: Once those exhaust gases, which are several hundred degrees Fahrenheit, mix with the coolant, they heat the absolute bejeebers out of it.
The idea that we were coming forward with economic solutions that were business-friendly, pro-innovation, pro-investment, pro-American independence, that could actually deliver more jobs than the coal companies--that scared the bejeebers out of the Koch Brothers.
I hate them because they're always messing up my early-season deer hunts and scaring the bejeebers out of me.
Here's a defense budget nugget that should scare the bejeebers out of Pentagon contractors: If there is a 2 percent annual decrease to the defense budget's top line for the next decade, without other changes, the acquisition budget will fall to zero.
The high-revving Honda pushed us to a top speed of 26.7 mph at 6200 rpm, which is plenty fast enough to scare the bejeebers out of kids being towed on inflatable toys.
But it will if we scare the bejeebers out of them by using inflated language at every new step in synthetic life.
I mean, we'd rather be walking around uttering unintelligible phrases like in pari delicto and malice aforethought, ruining people's lives, or simply frightening the bejeebers out of folks.
Elton's patch before they do tonight and scare the bejeebers out of them."
"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."
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