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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I had a run-in with a Peeping Tom when I was about 10 that scared the bejeezus out of me because I was outside and came in to see him staring at me through the window.
(And) hearing a reader say, 'I don't go to your site because it's too much trouble,' should scare the bejeezus out of you."
I can't be sure, but I'd bet my advent calendar that it was bought off the 'underwater' shelf of the 3D shop, (which presumably resides in the laxatives aisle) and only served to scare the bejeezus out of all of us.
And that scared the bejeezus out of everyone around him.
But Medina acknowledged to Fikac in an earlier interview that a run for governor as an independent might scare the bejeezus out of some in the GOP.
I enjoyed how Basil's divine liturgy scared the "bejeezus" (17) out of Valens!
And I had a Walking Dead survivor creep the bejeezus out of me at a funhouse-type operation put into place by AMC.
According to our expert, kids used to carve hideous faces into them, put them on the end of a stick, and, I quote, "scare the bejeezus" out of people by walking them past their windows.
and bejeezus by George (a couriers company in the United Kingdom) by golly (a Bar & Grill in Milford, Ohio) by gosh, by gum by Jove (in this case, a euphemism for the Roman god Jupiter; see the by Jove!
"From the eyes of a girl who mostly gets bored shopping, very unusual I know, and had no clue who Marni was until the launch, this process of heightened awareness for shopping excited the bejeezus out of me!
The more troglodytic members of the audience may also be buying fully into the hard-right understanding of Eastwood's archetypal Dirty Harry persona: as the white guy who ought to be in charge actually taking charge by killing, or at least scaring the bejeezus out of, racial Others who are criminals.
In English her mother says, "You scared the bejeezus out of me." This is a phrase she has picked up from Randall.
Recently, however, a message went out from Nulo's marketing department with the subject line, "The Dangers of Feeding Pets Human Food." The enclosed article is entitled, "Why Feeding Your Pet Human Food Is Bad," and proceeds to try to scare the bejeezus out of anyone who feeds their pets any food that doesn't come out of a bag or can.