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bejesus

[bih-jee-zuh s, -jey-]
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interjection
  1. (used as a mild oath expressing dismay, anger, or the like).
noun
  1. 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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bejesus

interjection
  1. an exclamation of surprise, emphasis, etc, regarded as a characteristic utterance of Irish people
noun
  1. 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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