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