scare the bejabers out of (someone)

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scare the bejabers out of (someone)

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. ("Bejabers," 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 bejabers out of me! That car accident seems to have scared the bejabers out of Janet—she's still shaken by it.
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He would often spend a whole day settling and resettling in their cases the various stones that be had collected, such as the olive-green chrysoberyl that turns red by lamplight, the cymophane with its wirelike line of silver, the pistachio-coloured peridot, rose-pink and wine-yellow topazes, carbuncles of fiery scarlet with tremulous, four-rayed stars, flame-red cinnamon-stones, orange and violet spinels, and amethysts with their alternate layers of ruby and sapphire.
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