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bejesus

[bih-jee-zuh s, -jey-] /bɪˈdʒi zəs, -ˈdʒeɪ-/
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
1905-1910
1905-10; alteration of oath by Jesus
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for bejesus

bejesus

/bɪˈdʒeɪzəz/
interjection
1.
an exclamation of surprise, emphasis, etc, regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people
noun
2.
the bejesus, (intensifier) used in such phrases as beat the bejesus out of, scare the bejesus out of, etc
Word Origin
C20: alteration of by Jesus!
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Word Origin and History for bejesus

mild expletive, 1908, perhaps from by Jesus. To beat the bejesus out of someone is from 1934.

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