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put (or have) the wind up

Definition of put or have the wind up in English:

British informal Alarm or frighten (or be alarmed or frightened): he was trying to put the wind up him with stories of how hard teaching was
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  • Spending ten minutes putting the wind up pregnant women about epidurals doesn't help things, especially when she admitted that 50% of women at the hospital end up having one.
  • The section of the speech on crime should have put the wind up anyone with even the smallest affection for civil liberties, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.
  • But his chances of election have put the wind up the US Congress.
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