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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): Frank was trying to put the wind up him so that he would be too agitated to think clearly
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
scare, frighten, make afraid, make nervous, throw into a panic, panic, alarm, unnerve
informal give someone the heebie-jeebies
North American informal spook
See parent entry: wind

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