(used as a mild oath expressing astonishment, dismay, disbelief, or the like).
Informal. dickens; devil:
The fighter’s left uppercut knocked the bejabbers out of his opponent.
bejabbers then, we won’t be afther murtherin’ him outright; we’ll jest let him go back to the river an’ dhrown hisself!
Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
The latter looked long and carefully at the thing and muttered, “bejabbers, I never saw one like that before!”
Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland Daniel Turner Holmes
(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. Contemporary Examples Biting, scratching, beating the bejesus out of one another, bounty hunting. The NFL’s Hypocritical Outrage Against Bonuses for Injuring Players Buzz Bissinger March […]
to adorn with or as if with jewels. Historical Examples I am going to bejewel my house with books and then I am going to live. The Jucklins Opie Read verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled (transitive) to decorate with or as if with jewels v. 1550s, from be- + jewel. Related: Bejeweled.
to explain, worry about, or work at (something) repeatedly or more than is necessary: He kept belaboring the point long after we had agreed. to assail persistently, as with scorn or ridicule: a book that belabors the provincialism of his contemporaries. to beat vigorously; ply with heavy blows. Obsolete. to labor at. Contemporary Examples To […]
to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments: politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises. to make stupidly drunk. Contemporary Examples I suspect this will buoy liberal spirits, but anger the right and befuddle the independents. Daily Beast Contributors Weigh In on Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address January 24, 2012 Historical Examples It […]