scare the bejesus out of (someone)

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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

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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I can't be sure, but I'd bet my advent calendar that it was bought off the 'underwater' shelf of the 3D shop, (which presumably resides in the laxatives aisle) and only served to scare the bejeezus out of all of us.
What he didn't tell us was the other stuff he and his team were really up to: They wanted to scare the bejeezus out of the other dictators in the Middle East, who respect only force and action, establishing a strong presence there to give us a chokehold on Syria and other terrorism sponsors by cutting off billions in illegal oil dough, and maybe taking a pass through Iran to shut down its nuclear ambitions.
Take the Field of 1000 Screams or The Boiler House attractions - guaranteed to scare the bejeezus out of even the hardiest of teenagers (and adults).
gov/travel) so that in the comfort of your room, surrounded by loved ones, a large furry dog and a riveting episode of Inspector Morse, you can instead proceed to scare the bejeezus out of yourself and everyone else.
We keep the dogs near, not because they are deer chasers, they're not, but we don't want them to run across a tiny fawn, mistake it for a squirrel and scare the bejeezus out of it.
Script, credited to Stephen Volk, resembles a teenage girl's concerted effort to scare the bejeezus out of any parents who would dare to contradict the whims of their willful adolescent sprigs.
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