knock the bejeebers out of (someone or something)

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knock the bejeebers out of (someone or something)

1. To cause significant physical injury or damage to someone or something. ("Bejeebers," a variant of "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 bejeebers 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 bejeebers 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 bejeebers 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 bejeebers 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 bejeebers out of that team! I was doing pretty well for most of the tournament, but my opponent knocked the bejeebers out of me in the semifinals.
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knock the bejeebers out of someone or something

Inf. to beat someone or something severely. If I catch you doing that again, I'll knock the bejeebers out of you. He grabbed the poor dog and just knocked the bejeebers out of it.
See also: bejeebers, knock, of, out
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