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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!
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.
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.
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beat the bejesus out of someonehit someone very hard or for a long time.
scare the bejesus out of someonefrighten 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 .
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