the bejesus

noun

informal
used for emphasis after words like scare, frighten, and beat
That movie scared the bejesus out of me.
They beat the bejesus out of the other team.

Examples of the bejesus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Redondo Beach Pier, first built in 1888 as a lumber wharf, burned spectacularly in 1988, perhaps from an electrical short from damage by two immense storms that had just beaten the bejesus out of the place. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024 Anger is at the core of this knockabout take on the sports movie, with Sandler's titular would-be hockey star turning to golf to make bankable use of his undeniable skills in beating the bejesus out of things with a stick. Dennis Perkins, EW.com, 23 Oct. 2023

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“The bejesus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20bejesus. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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