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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The visually stunning film's narrative clutter is sometimes too hectic and incomprehensible, but Matti knows how to create an atmosphere of doom and gloom that scares the bejesus out of viewers-and, for a thriller that for the most part aims to scare viewers out of their wits, that's more than enough.
She used to be a traffic warden which scares the bejesus out of the staff.
This alarms many bishops and it scares the bejesus out the old guard in the Roman Curia.
Thunder and lightning not only scare the daylights out of a lot of people, it scares the bejesus out of a lot of animals.
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The thought of NYC scares the bejesus out of most retailers who are not here.
When he carries the puck through the neutral zone he scares the bejesus out of the opposition.
Here's where he really scares the bejesus out of you.
Today, she doesn't even drink alcohol, she says: "Not having my faculties scares the bejesus out of me.
In it, he scares the bejesus out of himself listening to a radio horror program, setting the sofa on fire and smearing Jell-O on the floor to ward off the monster, an enormous Chicken Heart.
I have to say that you've got to realise how wonderfully brave these children are, because I've been doing this for 20 years and it still scares the bejesus out of me - walking on set for the first time, " says Coltrane.
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