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.
See also: action, galvanize
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He suspended the work of his hands to listen, and, when he recognized Jerry's wailing, sprang to his feet, galvanized into action.
Exactly as Greta Thunberg laments, the world intelligentsia, media, and leadership have been focusing on the age, motto, and behaviour of these demonstrators instead of being galvanized into action.
The turnaround saw the Saints galvanized into action. A driving run from Archie Holman and some incisive running by Edward Martin put the Saints 7-10 in the lead.
The bottom line is, given how self-reinforcing the country's political malaise is and the difficulty for constructive incremental reforms are, the decay of Philippine politics will continue until both the Church and State are catalyzed into a true reform coalition, and galvanized into action. In the face of the formidable problems facing the country, setting the Church and State at odds only diminishes our chances for success.
According to sources, agencies were galvanized into action, immediately after the murder of Salman Taseer by his elite guard, r/o Muslim Towns Yousuf Colony, living with his family since long.
With the ICC announcement pending, Kenya's political class has been galvanized into action, but in what critics say is a bid to head off ICC action.
They claim that he has "abandoned the party's principles and shifted to the right, mimicking Netanyahu's stances." The Labor Party activists were galvanized into action in opposition to the Israeli cabinet's agreement to put forward a controversial oath of loyalty bill on Sunday.
Womens Action Forum (WAF) was formed in September 1981 when Fehmida and Allah Buksh were sentenced to death by Stoning to death under the Zina ordinance and women were galvanized into action in their support.
We believe these people were galvanized into action by U.S.
Nelson was galvanized into action and recruited fellow musicians John Mellencamp and Neil Young.
Just as the impetus of a family member to right a wrong is enhanced by a fallen brother, the American spirit is galvanized into action when the evidence for support is manifested in the streets and the malls.
Defender Andy O'Brien has admitted that United's stars were galvanized into action by the shock of Robson having to deny he was resigning.
His charioteer is Krishna, the divine lover, the harbinger of dharma, who gives him a vision of the reality; stunned, Arjuna now has clarity and is galvanized into action.
That began to change in the last quarter of the 19th century, as American Catholics developed an extended network of institutions and services aimed at taking care of "their own." Bishops, priests, and communities of men and (especially) women religious were galvanized into action by the encroachments of Protestant "child savers"--home missionaries and WASP social reformers who attempted to "rescue" Catholic children from the poverty and presumed degeneracy of their parents, as well as from the anti-democratic Catholic Church and its "absolutist" pope.
Bayview was galvanized into action in 1994, when the federal government planned to erect a four-story maximum security prison in the village.