galvanize (one) into action

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galvanize (one) into action

To induce or cause one to start doing something. We'd been trying to ignore the leak in our roof, but that torrential downpour finally galvanized us into action. Oh yeah, I returned those books today—the threat of a hefty library fine is what ultimately galvanized me into action.
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galvanize someone into action

Fig. to stimulate someone into some activity. The explosion galvanized Martha into action. We were galvanized into action by the storm.
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"The Malawian authorities have failed to protect the vulnerable group and this latest horrific incident should galvanize them into action. Not only must the perpetrators of this crime be brought to justice, but people with albinism must be offered effective protection.
Despite the colonial context, wartime exigencies provided an opportunity to galvanize them into action. The seventh chapter offers a short story by Koizumi Kikue, "The Manchu Girl," describing one woman's efforts to train and Japanify a young Chinese woman in Manchuria in the wake of the outbreak of fighting in 1937.