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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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Frank was David Hay's assistant at Celtic during the 1980s and during training he'd put the fear of god into us.
IN WITH THE FLYNNS BBC1, 9pm They may be as predictable as night following day, but the traditional British sitcom will be a staple of small- that some of us need an inoffensive pre-watershed sitcom to calm us down after all those shows about cowboy builders and the like have put the fear of God into us.
BBC bosses are not daft and know that some of us need an inoffensive pre-watershed sitcom to calm us down after all those shows about cowboy builders and the like have put the fear of God into us.
Then we were driven to the hotel by a woman who put the fear of God into us about spiders.
We had half a team out when we played them and they certainly don't put the fear of God into us.
One said: "They are trying to put the fear of God into us but I take my hat off to the soldiers who spoke to the Record.
The petrol crisis alone was enough to put the fear of God into us.
Over the last three years this Cabinet has spent billions of pounds of our hard earned money waging war on another country; introducing draconian laws which interfere substantially with our personal freedoms and put the fear of God into us about the threat to our lives from terrorism.
Whatever it was that Malcolm said to the South Africans remains a matter for conjecture, but as wicket-keeper Dave Richardson admitted: 'It put the fear of God into us.
It put the fear of God into us and we always dreaded that something like this would happen again.
We went on a two-day security course before we came out here and it put the fear of God into us," he said.
However, what should put the fear of God into us all is that if not now, then some time in the near future, control over this country's destiny WILL be handed over to a European Executive.
Katharine Hamnett's slogan T-shirts get a new lease of life on model Jodie Kidd, while Emma Jones, Linsey Dawn McKenzie and Lucy Mans put the fear of god into us.
He certainly put the fear of God into us because he eyed everyone that came through the gates with suspicion.
Surfer Damien Cook, who left the water before the attack, said yesterday: "This has put the fear of God into us.