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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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I can't be sure, but I'd bet my advent calendar that it was bought off the 'underwater' shelf of the 3D shop, (which presumably resides in the laxatives aisle) and only served to scare the bejeezus out of all of us.
What he didn't tell us was the other stuff he and his team were really up to: They wanted to scare the bejeezus out of the other dictators in the Middle East, who respect only force and action, establishing a strong presence there to give us a chokehold on Syria and other terrorism sponsors by cutting off billions in illegal oil dough, and maybe taking a pass through Iran to shut down its nuclear ambitions.
Take the Field of 1000 Screams or The Boiler House attractions - guaranteed to scare the bejeezus out of even the hardiest of teenagers (and adults).
These pick up news feeds and tweets from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control, so that in the comfort of your room, surrounded by loved ones, a large furry dog and a riveting episode of Inspector Morse, you can instead proceed to scare the bejeezus out of yourself and everyone else.
We keep the dogs near, not because they are deer chasers, they're not, but we don't want them to run across a tiny fawn, mistake it for a squirrel and scare the bejeezus out of it.
Script, credited to Stephen Volk, resembles a teenage girl's concerted effort to scare the bejeezus out of any parents who would dare to contradict the whims of their willful adolescent sprigs.

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