scare the bejabbers out of (one)

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scare the bejabbers out of (one)

To shock or frighten one very suddenly or severely. ("Bejabbers," a variant of "bejesus," is a mild euphemistic oath used here as an intensifying noun.) Primarily heard in Ireland. Don't sneak up on me like that—you scared the bejabbers out of me! The sound of the fire alarm scared the bejabbers out of us this morning.
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And this should scare the bejabbers out of plan participants.
Apparently, that was all it took to scare the bejabbers outta the clerk.
Among other places the action occurs at an abandoned slave plantation a cemetery where a teacher is brutally murdered and an old mansion spooky enough to scare the bejabbers out of the Hardy Boys.
And if he happens to scare the bejabbers out of the occasional malevolent spirit (or even a crow), well, that's just gravy.
Among other places, the action occurs at an abandoned slave plantation, a cemetery where a teacher is brutally murdered, and an old mansion spooky enough to scare the bejabbers out of the Hardy Boys.
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