bejesus

[bih-jee-zuhs, -jey-]
interjection
1.
(used as a mild oath expressing dismay, anger, or the like).
noun
2.
Informal. dickens; devil; deuce: The conglomerate plans to take that tiny company and expand the bejesus out of it.

Origin:
1905–10; alteration of oath by Jesus

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bejesus (bɪˈdʒeɪzəz)
 
interj
1.  an exclamation of surprise, emphasis, etc, regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people
 
n
2.  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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bejesus
mild expletive, 1908, from by Jesus.
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Example sentences
But every so often one comes along and creeps the living bejesus out of us.
So no surprise that they feel anxious, because theyre hearing messages every day designed to scare the bejesus out of them.
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