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intimidate (one) into (something)

1. To intentionally frighten one with threatening behavior for the purpose of forcing them to take some action. I really don't want to fire Marcia, so I'm going to see if I can intimidate Doug into doing it! His opponent's smear campaign intimidated him into dropping out of the race.
2. To cause one to feel frightened, resulting in them taking, or not taking, a particular action. I knew I was free to speak in that meeting, but the prestige of all the board members intimidated me into silence.
See also: intimidate

intimidate (one) with (something)

To intentionally frighten or threaten one with a particular action or method. He's trying to intimidate me with threats of taking that scandalous information to the press, but I refuse to drop out of the election.
See also: intimidate

intimidate someone into something

to threaten or frighten someone into doing something. Do you think you can intimidate me into working for you? We weren't intimidated into doing it.
See also: intimidate

intimidate someone with something

to threaten or frighten someone with something. Please don't try to intimidate me with your silly threats! We hadn't been intimidated with their threats.
See also: intimidate
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It's a team philosophy that has helped Intimidator thrive since its inception in 2013, setting the stage for a three-phase expansion expected to bring the company's headquarters to some 450,000 SF from its current 187,000.
Dale vs Daytona: The Intimidator's Quest to Conquer the Great American Race focuses on Dale's racing career, and his quest to conquer the Daytona 500.
Using the powerful image of The Intimidator is a way to tell fans they should get in on the ground floor with the "next great ones," said Lederer.
A letter was discovered from Jamie "Fat Man" Stalker which showed the "methods" employed by Willis, which ended with a crude cartoon of a man's face with the annotation "Kenny Willis - Mr Intimidator".
As the intimidator continued its awesome departure, I engaged in some deep thinking.
The Intimidator at Kings Dominion: A tribute to NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, the Intimidator 305, coming to Kings Dominion in Spring 2010, will be the tallest and fastest gravity-driven roller coaster on the East Coast.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices found that 40 percent of clinicians have kept quiet or remained passive during patient care events rather than question a known intimidator. To help put an end to once-accepted behaviors that put patients at risk, the Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert urges health care organizations to take action.
Earnhardt, dubbed 'Ironhead' and 'The Intimidator' by fans, was killed in the 2001 edition of the Daytona 500 race.
Have a look at the most successful international off-field leaders of recent times - Eddie Jones, Warren Gatland, Ian McGeechan, Graham Henry, Jake White - and you won't find a physical intimidator among them.
Long ago, I was a recreational triathlete, and one year I did a triathlon in Central Florida called the "Intimidator." As swimming is not my strong suit, after a few short minutes I was far behind the other swimmers.
With combines named Jaws, Frankenbine, the Intimidator and the Pink Panther, it's no wonder fairgoers can't resist getting a glimpse of the action.
The Intimidator hybrid holster is designed for all-day comfort.
The first new sandwich, called "Intimidator," is named for Washington Redskins veteran Randy Thomas, and features a chicken cutlet (breaded and fried), topped with sharp cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, fresh tomato, red onion rings, banana peppers, sliced black olives, and "lots of mayonnaise" on La Brea sour dough bread.