Definition of put the fear of God in or into someone in English:
Cause someone to be very frightened.
- 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.
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