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brainwash (someone) with (something)

To intentionally alter someone's thoughts or beliefs by using a particular idea or method. Commercials brainwash us with subliminal messages that make us go out and buy stuff. The cult leader brainwashed his followers with increasingly distorted information.
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brainwash someone with something

to drive specific knowledge or propaganda into someone's brain, by constant repetition and psychological conditioning. The dictator brainwashed his people with lie after lie. You have brainwashed yourself with your own propaganda.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Brainwash's great technical ability and attention to detail.
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The daughter of a woman, who testified before a Senate inquiry on the alleged recruitment of students by leftist groups, has clarified that she never was missing nor kidnapped, or even brainwashed by Anakbayan.
In its Article 17, the convention unabashedly lays out a program to brainwash children via control of the media: "States recognize the important function performed by the mass media and shall ensure that the child has access to information and material from a diversity of ...
HONG KONG -- Thousands of stroller-pushing Hong Kong parents and activists Sunday protested a plan to introduce national education lessons, slamming it as a bid to brainwash children with Chinese propaganda.
"When I heard Kai had joined this religious group, I thought 'Oh my God, that's all we need.' I hate these groups in America, they brainwash you.
Should I, as an American in Bahrain, simply ignore what has been happening in the US to brainwash Americans into believing that Arabs fit the bigoted images portrayed in the films?
The team led by Dr Vanina Vergoz, from the University of Otago in New Zealand, isolated a compound called homovanillyl alcohol as the brainwash drug.
'Pagdating ng 18, hindi na makapagbigay ng informed consent kasi brainwashed na so the consent is already vitiated or defective na yung consent.
People are constantly brainwashed with the drug of religion, caste and region.
ISLAMIC State bride Shamima Begum has revealed she is coming to terms with the prospect she may never return to Britain, but insisted she was "brainwashed" by the extremists she ran away to join as a schoolgirl.
The family claimed that Muthoni was brainwashed to appoint Lilly Macharia, a church member, as a co-director of her Shaba Investments Limited.
Alia Ghanem, 84, claimed her son was brainwashed as a student in Saudi Arabia before he became the man who plotted the 9/11 attacks that killed 2,996 in 2001.
The family of Giorgos Theodoulou, 44, are suing the Church of Cyprus for e1/42m claiming it brainwashed their son.