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put the fear of God in (one)

To scare one very much. Our chemistry teacher has put the fear of God in us about fooling around near the chemicals and acids. Nearly getting hit by that car really put the fear of God in me—I'll never drive when I'm so tired ever again!
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put the fear of God into (one)

To scare one very much. Our chemistry teacher has put the fear of God into us about fooling around near the chemicals and acids.
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put the fear of God into

Terrify someone, as in The school counselor put the fear of God into the girls when she talked about AIDS. This phrase alludes to a time when most people had a mingled feeling of dread and reverence toward the deity. [Late 1800s]
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The Caley boss said: "He'll have put the fear of God into the players, that's for sure.
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It is perfectly clear you put the fear of God into them and they were really frightened," he said at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
Whatever view you take about Robert Kilroy-Silk - and he doesn't seem to be able to make friends easily - he has certainly sexed up Europe, and put the fear of God into the three big political parties.
They can't be allowed to put the fear of God into people and they are not going to put the fear of God into me.
Her daily rounds put the fear of God into every young nurse - and patient - as many of the older generation will testify.
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A clip round the ear or the threat of the cane used to put the fear of God into pupils who dared step out of line.
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Q: I grew up in a really deprived area and the sight of the OSD vans put the fear of God into criminals who terrorised the streets.
Yes, I'll admit it - I'm an absolute menace on the road, someone as likely to put the fear of God into my own passengers as oncoming drivers, someone who's not happy unless I'm changing down from fifth into third and burning off any milk float stupid enough to get in the way of me and my Ford Escort.
A better solution would be to put the fear of God into them through tighter rules.