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fear no colors

To be brave in a dangerous situation. "Colors" has a military connotation, although the phrase can be used more broadly than that. I can handle this situation, I swear—I fear no colors.
See also: color, fear

fear of missing out

slang The worry that one may miss an enjoyable activity, especially due to the fact that one often sees others documenting such activities on social media. Often abbreviated as "FOMO." Fear of missing out convinced me to go to that crazy outdoor festival with my friends.
See also: fear, missing, of, out

blanch with (an emotion)

To become visibly pale as a result of feeling a particular emotion. All of my friends ran into the creepy haunted house, but I blanched with fear when I saw it. Stella blanched with disgust at the plate of cooked ants that had been set before her.
See also: blanch

fear the worst

To worry that the worst possible outcome will happen. I feared the worst when the boss called me into her office, but she just wanted to go over travel plans for the upcoming conference. It'll be a few days before we get the test results back, so try not to fear the worst.
See also: fear, worst

No fear!

Absolutely not; no way! A: "Do you think there's a chance we could lose the championship?" B: "No fear! We've dominated each round of competition so far, and I don't see them letting up now."

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.
See also: fear, god, of, put

fear for someone or something

to be afraid for the safety of someone or something; to worry about someone or something. I fear for Tom. He has gone to a very dangerous place. I don't want to go down that rocky trail. I fear for my car.
See also: fear

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Prov. Foolish people usually do not understand when a situation is dangerous, so they are not afraid to do things that would frighten more sensible people. Alan: Bob is too scared to go in and confront the boss, so I'm going to. Jane: Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
See also: angel, fear, Fool, rush, tread

for fear of something

out of fear for something; because of fear of something. He doesn't drive for fear of an accident. They lock their car doors for fear of being attacked.
See also: fear, of

He that is down need fear no fall.

Prov. If you have nothing, you cannot lose anything by taking a risk. Jim spent his last ten dollars on lottery tickets, figuring that he who is down need fear no fall.
See also: down, fall, fear, he, need, that

in fear and trembling

Cliché with anxiety or fear; with dread. In fear and trembling, I went into the room to take the test. The witness left the courtroom in fear and trembling.
See also: and, fear, tremble

never fear

do not worry; have confidence. I'll be there on time—never fear. I'll help you, never fear.
See also: fear, never

put the fear of God in(to) someone

Fig. to frighten someone severely; [for something] to shock someone into contrite behavior. A near miss like that really puts the fear of God into you. Yes, it puts the fear of God in you.
See also: fear, god, of, put

fools rush in where angels fear to tread

Ignorant or inexperienced individuals get involved in situations that wiser persons would avoid, as in I've never heard this symphony and here I am conducting it-oh well, fools rush in where angels fear to tread , or He tried to mediate their unending argument-fools rush in. This expression, so well known it is sometimes shortened as in the second example, is a quotation from Alexander Pope's Essay on Criticism (1709): "No place so sacred from such fops is barr'd ... Nay, fly to altars; there they'll talk you dead; For fools rush in where angels fear to tread."
See also: angel, fear, fool, rush, tread

for fear of

Also, for fear that. In order to avoid or prevent, in case of. For example, They closed all the windows for fear of rain. The variant is always used before a clause, as in She wouldn't let her children climb trees for fear that they would fall. The first term dates from the late 1400s, the second from about 1600.
See also: fear, of

never fear

Don't worry that a thing will or won't occur, be confident, as in I'll get there, never fear. This phrase was used by Christopher Marlowe in Doctor Faustus (c. 1590): "'Tis but a surfeit; never fear, man."
See also: fear, never

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

put the fear of God into someone

If someone or something puts the fear of God into you, they frighten or worry you very much, often deliberately. At some time or other Eve had obviously put the fear of God into her. They put the fear of God into us with their tales of loss of control on one engine and violent swings on take-off and landing. `That accident put the fear of God into me,' said Jones.
See also: fear, god, of, put

fools rush in where angels fear to tread


fools rush in

People say fools rush in where angels fear to tread or fools rush in to mean that stupid people often do or say things without thinking enough about them first. `Sometimes I stop and think, Good God, how did I get into this,' she says with a laugh. `Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.' That was something none of the three of us would have dared to say. Fools rush in... Note: This expression is often varied, especially by using other words instead of fools and angels. Amateurs rush in where professionals fear to tread. Note: This proverb comes from Alexander Pope's `An Essay on Criticism' (1711).
See also: angel, fear, fool, rush, tread

put the fear of God in (or into) someone

cause someone to be very frightened.
See also: fear, god, of, put

without fear or favour

not influenced by any consideration of the people involved in a situation; impartially.
1996 Japan Times It should be possible if all officials involved in the election process are allowed to work without fear or favour and keep their impartiality.
See also: favour, fear, without

fools rush in where angels fear to tread

people without good sense or judgement will have no hesitation in tackling a situation that even the wisest would avoid. proverb
See also: angel, fear, fool, rush, tread

be/go in fear of your ˈlife

be afraid all the time that you may be killed, attacked, etc: After she got involved with the drug dealers, she went in fear of her life.
See also: fear, life, of

for fear of something/of doing something


for fear (that)...

because you do not want something bad to happen: I’m not going to put it in the washing machine for fear of spoiling it.I had to keep my opinions secret for fear (that) I would lose my job.
See also: fear, of, something

in fear and ˈtrembling (of somebody/something)

(written) feeling very frightened or anxious: They lived in fear and trembling of being discovered by the police.
See also: and, fear, tremble

ˌno ˈfear!

(British English, spoken) used to say that you definitely do not want to do something: ‘Who’s coming for a midnight swim?’ ‘No fear! It’s much too cold.’

put the fear of ˈGod into somebody

(informal) frighten somebody very much, especially in order to force them to do what you want: The first thing that happens when you go into the army is that they put the fear of God into you.
See also: fear, god, of, put, somebody

there’s no fear of something

there’s no possibility or danger of something happening: I’ve got a new alarm clock so there’s no fear of me oversleeping again.
See also: fear, of, something

without ˌfear or ˈfavour

(British English) (American English without ˌfear or ˈfavor) (formal) (judge, decide something, etc.) in a completely fair way without being influenced by anybody: The newspaper reprinted the facts, without fear or favour.
See also: favour, fear, without

strike ˌfear, ˌterror, etc. into somebody/somebody’s ˈheart

(formal) make somebody feel fear, terror, etc: His crimes struck horror into the nation’s heart.
See also: heart, somebody, strike

I’m shaking (in fear)

sent. You don’t really frighten me at all. (A mocking response to a threat.) Your threats really scare me. I’m shaking in fear.
See also: fear, shake
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We already knew fear and anxiety alter thoughts about the feared thing.
The work suggests that fear not only alters one's perception of the feared thing, but also can influence a person's automatic attitude toward an object.
More than 15 million American adults and five million children over the age of five suffer from high discomfort or exhibit needle-phobic behavior when faced with getting a blood draw or injection, according to results from a new study, with the overwhelming majority of those studied - 75 percent adults and 91 percent children - naming "pain" as the component they most feared.
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There was the high school student who wouldn't go to school because she feared snakes that she sometimes saw slithering in the fields outside and was afraid they would slip into the hallways.
According to Willis, James believed this attribution because he subconsciously feared Elizabeth's occult retaliatory powers.
The fears that Bill Clinton's presidency brings to mind were those of the Anti-Federalists, who, over two centuries ago, feared that the federal government, which would arise under the Constitution, would be too powerful.