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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Framed by its menacing mood and a relentlessly foreboding atmosphere, it uses objects, sounds, shadows, a little-known urban legend and the protagonists' habits to scare the bejesus out of viewers-like a ringing bell, an old woman's involuntary wheezing, the hissing sound of radio, and a dead singer's wistful song.
They've got a very interesting and informative website without trying to scare the bejesus out of you with end of days claims.
So while making plans for how to scare the bejesus out of the kiddiwinks this Halloween, I was delight to see a crowd of ghoulish options across the family half term programmes of Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.
You haven't been properly socialized yet, but here's a bunch of loud noises to scare the bejesus out of you just to ensure you're gunshy.
Not only scare the bejesus out of them but also make a statement that this legislation can be used against anyone who is breaking the law.
The Mayor Joe Fontana said When we want to inform the public, we don t want to scare the bejesus out of them that their city is falling apart, our roadways are not up to par.
to a front-row audience made of Boston Marathon bombing survivors (some of whom had, indeed, lost a leg or two) singers Al Barr and Ken Casey were fierce and ferocious enough to scare the bejesus out of any would-be terrorists.
If you really want to scare the bejesus out of yourself, then TfL also supplies a predicted traffic map.
In fact, what's with taking children's stories and making J t's n's ICONS J movies, which would scare the bejesus out of a strong man (well, me).
What I set out to do in Scared to Death was that - scare the bejesus out of my readers.
But in all fairness the opportunity to have a decent fighting chance against things - whose only purpose is to scare the bejesus out of you - is a no-brainer.
One learned to use tin cans to scare the bejesus out of everybody.
In short order, we meet a freaky social worker (Montserrat Carulla) and discover that Bayona can effectively scare the bejesus out of you whether he's using a burlap sack mask or a routine walk across the street.
Give me adventure, scare the bejesus out of me every once in a while to remind me that I'm truly alive, and I'll remain a truly happy man.
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