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beat the bejesus out of (one)

rude slang To physically attack one, as with punches and other blows, such that they suffer significant injury. "Bejesus" (an alteration of "Jesus") is a mild oath used as an intensifier. Our neighbor is in the hospital because a burglar beat the bejesus out of him. I'm worried that the captain of the football team will beat the bejesus out of me if he finds out that I'm secretly seeing his girlfriend. If you ever scare me like that again, I'll beat the bejesus out of you, I swear!
See also: beat, bejesus, of, out

knock the bejesus out of (someone or something)

1. To cause significant physical injury or damage to someone or something. ("Bejesus" is a mild euphemistic oath used here as an intensifying noun.) Tom caught some guy trying to break into his house and promptly knocked the bejesus out of him. The guy I bought this wardrobe from online said that it was good as new, but it looked like someone knocked the bejesus out of it when it arrived.
2. To cause someone or some group a great deal of turmoil, hardship, or difficulty. This economic recession really knocked the bejesus out of our company, but we're finally starting to recover. I'm sorry I haven't gotten back to you until now. Work has been knocking the bejesus out of me lately.
3. rude slang To defeat someone or some team decisively in a competition. The final score was 17-1? Wow, we really knocked the bejesus out of that team! I was doing pretty well for most of the tournament, but my opponent knocked the bejesus out of me in the semifinals.
See also: bejesus, knock, of, out

scare the bejesus out of (one)

To shock or frighten one very suddenly 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! The sound of the fire alarm scared the bejesus out of us this morning.
See also: bejesus, of, out, scare
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beat the bejesus out of someone

hit someone very hard or for a long time.
See also: beat, bejesus, of, out, someone

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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Caption: Above: View of "Adrian Norvid: The Bejesus," 2017, FOFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal.
IWhich begs the question - why do I go to Alton Towers every October to have the bejesus scared out of me in their devilish Halloween mazes?
Two, inject Rudy Giuliani with a speedball-and-Red Bull enema, and, three, spend the rest of the time scaring the holy bejesus out of everybody."
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They've got a very interesting and informative website without trying to scare the bejesus out of you with end of days claims.
We thought we needed the firepower because that was back in the days of the big hunting camps and big deer drives--25 guys (and the occasional gal) moving through the woods like a Civil War skirmish line, scaring the bejesus out of every critter in the forest.
This alarms many bishops and it scares the bejesus out the old guard in the Roman Curia....
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Vitter acknowledged that the measure had a degree of bipartisan report, but then said Warren had "started kicking up a fuss about it" and "scared the bejesus out her Democratic colleagues," therefore Democrats had abandoned the measure.
You haven't been properly socialized yet, but here's a bunch of loud noises to scare the bejesus out of you just to ensure you're gunshy.
Born and bred in the cornfields of "Spooky World'' and Nightmare New England as its (haunted) house band, The Dead and the Damned has been knocking them dead (only figuratively, I hope) for years and can turn any club (including the Lucky Dog) into a Halloween happening in the pointy tail-end of winter that would even scare the bejesus out of Rob Zombie.
Thunder and lightning not only scare the daylights out of a lot of people, it scares the bejesus out of a lot of animals.
I mean, my production manager loves The Walking Dead, my wife's a big fan of The Shining, and I've had the bejesus frightened out of me by Poe and Lovecraft on numerous occasions.
The 50-Test veteran tweeted a picture of himself in his hospital bed following the operation and joked: "You can't really see here, but I am wearing the bejesus out of this hospital gown".