[bih-jee-zuh s, -jey-]
- (used as a mild oath expressing dismay, anger, or the like).
- Informal. dickens; devil; deuce: The conglomerate plans to take that tiny company and expand the bejesus out of it.
Origin of bejesus
First recorded in 1905–10; alteration of oath by Jesus
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Examples from the Web for bejesus
Forrest Gump was about as crimson as they come, and America loved the bejesus out of him.Let Us Now Praise Famous Rednecks and Their Unjustly Unsung Kin
August 23, 2014
If we did this, we'd be able to tax the bejesus out of everyone doing business here, wherever they happened to be headquartered.Congress to Grill Apple CEO About Taxes
May 21, 2013
Biting, scratching, beating the bejesus out of one another, bounty hunting.The NFL’s Hypocritical Outrage Against Bonuses for Injuring Players
March 5, 2012
The goal should not be to terrify the bejesus out of the public, lest they scrunch their noses and give up.Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
February 12, 2011
Russia continues to drink itself into a stupor, but still the scares the bejesus out of everyone.Who Stole the Thriller?
March 22, 2010
- an exclamation of surprise, emphasis, etc, regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people
- 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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Word Origin and History for bejesus
mild expletive, 1908, perhaps from by Jesus. To beat the bejesus out of someone is from 1934.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper