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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]
See also: fear, god, of, put
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