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put the fear of God into (one)

To scare one very much. 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]
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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.
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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.
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I really thought that I put the fear of god into them," she mused, "But obviously I wasn't strong enough.
Yet Hodgson doesn't seek to be chummy with players like Steve McClaren, nor does he put the fear of God into them like Fabio Capello.
I said he's put the fear of God into them but what I mean is he has drummed a spirit into them.
It is perfectly clear you put the fear of God into them and they were really frightened," he said at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
He will show his England stars the Montenegrin team-sheet tonight and somehow manage to put the fear of God into them.
Other things to put the fear of God into them would be having to get out of bed at 0600 hours on a winter morning in T-shirt and shorts for physical training.
them pa He will show his England stars the Montenegrin team-sheet tonight and somehow manage to put the fear of God into them.
A better solution would be to put the fear of God into them through tighter rules.