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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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This alarms many bishops and it scares the bejesus out the old guard in the Roman Curia.
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When he carries the puck through the neutral zone he scares the bejesus out of the opposition.
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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