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.
See also: of, out, scare
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