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put the fear of God in (or into) someone

Definition of put the fear of God in or into someone in English:

Cause someone to be very frightened.
Example sentences
  • They must observe human rights at all times as well as protect people rather than putting the fear of God into them.
  • Apart from a few acrobatic monkeys putting the fear of God into me, and sweltering soaking heat, it was a pleasant trek.
  • We want people to take sensitive precautions - we don't want to put the fear of God into them.
See parent entry: fear

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