put the fear of God in

put the fear of God in (one)

To scare one very much. Our chemistry teacher has put the fear of God in us about fooling around near the chemicals and acids. Nearly getting hit by that car really put the fear of God in me—I'll never drive when I'm so tired ever again!
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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.
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As for his own heart attack, ``It put the fear of God in me,'' said Lasorda.
attorney in San Diego, meets with new border agents, and ``we put the fear of God in them,'' she said.