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.
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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.
If you really want to scare the bejesus out of yourself, then TfL also supplies a predicted traffic map.
JAWS SKY MODERN GREATS, 8pm Steven Spielberg invented the blockbuster and summer event film in one watery swoop and defied rubbery special effects to scare the bejesus out of an entire cinema going planet.
What I set out to do in Scared to Death was that - scare the bejesus out of my readers.
But if he gets too gloomy, he'll scare the bejesus out of the entire world.
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.
Make a movie with a variation of the word ``exorcist'' in the title and you're inviting a host of head-spinning associations that would scare the bejesus out of most first-time directors.
Not only will Tom keep a tighter grip on what's happening with the nation's dosh, but he's big enough and miserable enough to scare the bejesus out of all other ranks.
They ring their mates in the council who in turn badger the cops who, by force of habit, send in the Land Rovers and scare the bejesus out of everyone.
Dick has an ability to scare the bejesus out of everybody and to make the bureaucracy jump," says a former colleague.
The 1960 William Castle flick of the same name is being updated for a modern audience - and judging by the trailer it's going to scare the bejesus out of you
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