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 frankly, Reader, this unashamed wooing of our soldiers and our policemen scares the bejabbers out of me.
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I had a great time but never quite got a grip in terms of travelling around London - it still scares the bejabbers out of me.
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