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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

beat the bejesus out of (someone)

To deliver a violent and prolonged physical attack. 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

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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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.
These things are put together at this time of year to scare the bejesus out of people," said Mr Pickles.
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.
The Mayor Joe Fontana said When we want to inform the public, we don t want to scare the bejesus out of them that their city is falling apart, our roadways are not up to par.
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".
In all that time, I never scared the bejesus out of myself.
If you really want to scare the bejesus out of yourself, then TfL also supplies a predicted traffic map.
Maybe the only thing that's going to save us from an early grave is a far tougher health campaign that scares the bejesus out of us.
The thought of NYC scares the bejesus out of most retailers who are not here.