put the fear of God into (one)

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put the fear of God into (one)

To cause one to greatly fear the potential consequences of something, such as misbehavior, typically by threats or a graphic description of such consequences. Our chemistry teacher has put the fear of God into us about fooling around near the chemicals and acids.
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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
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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, someone
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
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AN ARMY colour sergeant has told a court he attacked a fellow soldier with a machete "to put the fear of God into him" in order to restore some "dented pride".
He continued: "I was very foolish and reckless, I was looking butt for Mr Warnock's room because I was wanting to go and scare him and put the fear of God into him for what he had done to I been me earlier in the night."
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