Definition of bejesus in English:

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bejesus

Pronunciation: /bəˈjēzəs/
(also bejeezus)

noun

informal
An exclamation traditionally attributed to the Irish, used to express surprise or for emphasis: they were forty minutes late, cocky as bejesus
More example sentences
  • He's off to the top of Cologne Cathedral, where the bejesus - and, hopefully, the fear - will be scared out of him.
  • 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.

Phrases

1

beat the bejesus out of someone

informal Hit someone very hard or for a long time.
Example sentences
  • ‘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.
  • If you don't enjoy watching grown men beating the bejesus out of each other, forget it.
2

scare the bejesus out of someone

informal Frighten someone very much.
Example sentences
  • We will stop scaring the bejeezus out of everyone.
  • ‘This whole thing scared the bejesus out of them,’ Sutfin said.
  • I think Aunt Millie scared the bejesus out of them too.

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Syllabification: be·je·sus

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