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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Time goes terrifyingly fast when you have kids, probably because you spend your whole life planning next week and next month and thinking about (and coming out in many a cold sweat over) how the bejeesus you're supposed to get through seven weeks of school holidays when you have an actual job to go to.
Jordan Weissmann, The Corruption Law That Scares the Bejeesus Out of Corporate America, The Atlantic (Apr.
Like so many of King's tales, it's set in Maine, centres on a troubled novelist, and is designed to scare the bejeesus out of you.
Why do so many men as well as large numbers of women batter the bejeesus out of a partner?
Jane Hudson needs to stop whining about her past and get on with the business of scaring the bejeesus out of her sister.
Apart from the fact they know it irritates the bejeesus out of those who have to scurry around looking for child care, the dominees would prefer to be left to get on with it rather than, as one former headmaster put it, "enduring someone who probably hasn't been in a classroom for 20 years telling those of us who are there every day how to do our job".
It's no wonder older women in Hollywood have their faces stapled up, fat hoovered out of their arses and their skin sandpapered to try and fight the passing of time, when the industry insists on taking two good-looking 50-somethings and airbrushing the bejeesus out of them to make them look younger.
Nick also scares the bejeesus out of the others when he tells them a campfire story about three filmmakers who get lost in the woods.
So, translated, what Tiger is really saying is "All I regret is getting caught - now back off or I'll sue the bejeesus out of you.