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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.]
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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!]
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(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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