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also be·jee·zus  (bĭ-jē′zəs)
n. Slang
Used euphemistically for intensive effect in idioms such as scare the bejesus out of (someone) for scare (someone) very much.
Used to express exasperation, annoyance, or surprise.

[Alteration of by Jesus.]


an exclamation of surprise, emphasis, etc, regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people
the bejesus (intensifier) used in such phrases as beat the bejesus out of, scare the bejesus out of, etc
[C20: alteration of by Jesus!]


(bɪˈdʒi zəs, -ˈdʒeɪ-)

1. dickens: scared the bejesus out of me.
2. (used as a mild oath.)
[1905–10; by Jesus]
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Liden seems to be no more acting here than she was in Paralyzed, 2003, when her impulsive, violent ballet on a Stockholm commuter train scared the bejesus out of passengers.
Not even the one-eyed black cat that is always there scaring the bejesus out of the Long Suffering Marjorie.
Today, she doesn't even drink alcohol, she says: "Not having my faculties scares the bejesus out of me.
There are many great scenes in the film, scenes that open up the backstory more, and scare the bejesus out of you.
It knocked the bejesus out of the Wall Street area.
During July's Democratic National Convention, for example, the Boston Herald sought to differentiate itself from the more staid Globe by bashing the bejesus out John Kerry's entire family.
Sean Murphy, 52, says he "grew up in Nova Scotia and my mother boiled the bejesus out of everything.
html); the article goes on to say, "Halloween is one of the only times when it's socially acceptable to scare the bejesus out of little children.
The BBC seem to have taken an unusual Daily Mail stance in their documentaries in recent months, scaring the bejesus out of viewers with doom and gloom docu-dramas which have focused on the cataclysmic effects of a small pox outbreak in America, the dropping of a dirty bomb in London and traffic chaos in the UK a week before Christmas.
Despite my vigilant nature watch, sadly the reticent boa constrictor had better things to do than scare the bejesus out of a bunch of gawping tourists.
Dick has an ability to scare the bejesus out of everybody and to make the bureaucracy jump," says a former colleague.
Punters who know me well, understand that I'm a fair-minded soul when it comes to judging a jockey's performance, but holy bejesus, what was Fabre thinking about putting up Pierre-Charles Boudot on the son of Monsun?