Definition of bejesus in English:

bejesus

(also bejeezus)

exclamation

Irish
informal
  • Used to express surprise or for emphasis.

    • ‘And what the sweet bejesus do you want people to do in a waiting room surrounded by decay and misery instead of read books?’
    • ‘I'll miss your uncanny ability to find a new way to annoy the living bejeezus out of me every week.’
    • ‘I dunno why, but they totally freak the bejesus outta me.’
    • ‘It frightened the bejesus out of me, I'll tell you.’
    • ‘Though, if he was so regretful he'd tell me what in good bejesus was going on!’
    • ‘And after mopping uselessly at the scalding coffee that I'd inadvertently spat on my arm I sat back down to figure out how the bejesus I'd picked up the extra million or so visitors.’
    • ‘He's off to the top of Cologne Cathedral, where the bejesus - and, hopefully, the fear - will be scared out of him.’
    • ‘Like small children playing a game of ghost, they've succeeded only in frightening the bejesus out of each other.’
    • ‘I was vaguely aware of a crowd of people all around me who had been ejected less dramatically, but I put my full attention to leaping up and kicking the bejeezus over and over out of that door.’
    • ‘It must have been 1967 when I first had the bejesus scared out of me by this tale - and then learned the strange attraction of re-exposing oneself to this waking nightmare.’
    • ‘I hope they promote the bejeezus out of it come nomination time.’
    • ‘This just in: you can now buy a ball that can observe, attack, and generally scare the living bejeezus out of people.’
    • ‘Which will require taxing the bejesus out of them.’
    • ‘Like father, like son, they'll say, and bejesus, McCourt senior could put them away.’
    • ‘Scared the bejesus out of the poor kitten - the cat stayed behind the dishwasher for almost 45 minutes.’
    • ‘What scared/impressed or shocked the bejeezus out of you?’
    • ‘It frightens the bejesus out of the very people it's supposed to protect and does nothing, evidenced by the continued attacks around the world.’
    • ‘Dinners and dancing are all very well, but you know you're in a real relationship when you find yourself bugging the bejesus out of each other, and liking it.’
    • ‘They then proceed to blow the living bejesus out of themselves by returning to the blue paper of unexploded fireworks when they should still be retiring.’
    • ‘There was one scene however which scared the bejesus outta everyone.’

Phrases

  • beat the bejesus out of

    • informal Hit (someone) very hard or for a long time.

      ‘they caught the two and started beating the bejesus out of them’
      • ‘If you don't enjoy watching grown men beating the bejesus out of each other, forget it.’
      • ‘The Dentons weren't happy to just beat the bejesus out of us, they went to the city council to complain.’
      • ‘‘Whenever people see a mascot, they can't help beating the bejesus out of it,’ Rolling Stone relates.’
      • ‘Sadly, while you'll succeed in beating the bejeezus out of Ash repeatedly, he will ultimately wipe you from existence.’
      • ‘We just wanted to see what she was going to do next, as if there really was the chance that she and Nancy would beat the bejesus out of each other in the middle of the ice.’
  • scare the bejesus out of

    • informal Frighten (someone) very much.

      ‘I look at what she does and it scares the bejesus out of me’
      • ‘I slept in a dark alley once… it scared the bejesus out of me.’
      • ‘‘This whole thing scared the bejesus out of them,’ Sutfin said.’
      • ‘All those insects crawling all over me would scare the bejesus out of me.’
      • ‘Probably would have scared the bejeezus out of me, too, if I didn't know it was coming.’
      • ‘Suddenly, the bell rang, scaring the bejesus out of me.’
      • ‘And then the car came out of nowhere and scared the bejesus out of me and I fell.’
      • ‘One incident scared the living bejesus out of us when one engine began to quit.’
      • ‘I think Aunt Millie scared the bejesus out of them too.’
      • ‘You play it at home with the lights off, and it scares the bejesus out of you.’
      • ‘We will stop scaring the bejeezus out of everyone.’
      scare, startle, alarm, terrify, petrify, shock, chill, appal, agitate, panic, throw into panic, fluster, ruffle, shake, disturb, disconcert, unnerve, unman, intimidate, terrorize, cow, daunt, dismay
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Pronunciation:

bejesus

/bɪˈdʒiːzəs/