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Friends Listening Activity - Expression: Scare the Bejesus Out of Someone

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1. Watch the video and read the conversation:

Ross: Ladies?

Monica: Same category.

Ross: According to Chandler, what phenomenon scares the bejesus out of him?

Monica: Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance!

Ross: That is correct.

Joey: The Irish gig guy?!

Chandler: His legs flail about as if independent of his body!

2. Do you know what it means to scare the bejesus out of someone?

It’s an Irish expression and it is informal. It means to frighten (someone) very much.

‘I look at what she does and it scares the bejesus out of me’

And, what about just “bejesus”?


1.Used in a phrase or an exclamation. 2. Can be shortened.

You scared the bejesus out of me! BEJESUS!!!! I beat the bejes out of him.

3. Now, who is Michael Flatley and why does he scare the bejesus out of Chandler?

Michael Ryan Flatley (born July 16, 1958) is an American dancer, choreographer, and musician. He became internationally known for Irish dance shows Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames, and Celtic Tiger.

4. Watch Michael Flatley dance in this video and answer the question:

Chandler says "his legs flail about as if independent from his body". What does that mean?

flail about

or flail around


To engage in rapid, frantic, undirected movements or activity: The baby cried and flailed about as we looked for the bottle. After I caught the fish, it flailed around in the bottom of the boat.

Does he scare the bejesus out of you? Why or why not?

Who or what scares the bejesus out of you?